Traditional/Contemporary Sammamish Library by Perkins+Will
Perkins+Will Architects designed the new library in Sammamish, Washington. The spacious, comfortable library has had to be relocated to accommodate the growing city of Sammamish and Perkins+Will Architects have done an excellent job of recapturing the tradition of the old library whilst adding a contemporary touch.
The library’s main reading and stack area contains skylights of both translucent and clear vision glazing in order to reduce the need for artificial lighting and create a warm and inviting space ideal for customers of any age or origin. This main space terminates in a great reading room concept that draws people to the glazed edge with views to the west overlooking the nature preserve, Olympic Peninsula and Seattle skyline. A central gathering point is customised with a grand gas fireplace with concrete finish and a glass enclosure; a prime example of the contemporary, modern touches that Perkins+Will Architects have juxtaposed with the efficient, traditional style of the library.
To further the efficiency of the building and the surrounding site, parking is located under the building with an elevator to access the library floor. The new library features a highly insulated and efficient building envelope designed to reduce heat gain and loss while maximizing passive solar gain and daylighting. The primary cooling and heating for the building is through a radiant slab with a mechanically assisted ventilation system.
All these modern architectural additions to a beautiful and traditional building have created a comfortable, effective and efficient space, perfect for everyone.