WESTPORT, CT / 50,000 sf renovation
The transformation of this original 1980’s/1990’s library into a 21st century library is about unlocking the potential energy in space and in people.
Walls, floors, and ceilings were lifted and stretched within the existing footprint to create spaces for a parade of learning and social activities. Book stack collections that formerly occupied the main level’s grand center space were flipped onto the lower river walk that has quiet and cozy reading nooks and computer stations. The main level was transformed into a flexible arena for co-working and staged events. Table and chairs on wheels allow users to form a collection of highly visible, flexible and compact spaces. The library fuses print and digital experiences by showcasing hot of the press books next to state of the art media production studios for an energetic community.