Design Trend: Built-In Delight | Year in Architecture 2020

Reading nooks, custom millwork, and generous use of graphic design pull together aesthetic across library interiors.

DESIGN TREND: Built-In Delight

Reading nooks, custom millwork, and generous use of graphic design pull together aesthetic across library interiors.

1. San Ysidro Branch, San Diego Public Library, CA, features metal screens celebrating paper-cut Mexican folk art. A hand-sculpted cantera stone design gateway highlights the European and Mesoamerican history of the community. CREDITS: SVA Architects, Turner Construction, architect; Bill Robinson Photography, photo


2. The Providence Public Library, RI, features large format signage that is visible from the main entryway, up through the central staircase to the upper levels of the library building. CREDITS: designLAB architects, architect; Anton Grassl, photo


3. At the Heritage Library of Dakota County Library in Lakeville, MN, children and caregivers sit in window-nested nooks painted bright blue with soft, vinyl benches that host book cubbies below. CREDITS: HGA, architect; ©Corey Gaffer, photo

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