Magazine article American Libraries

AIA/ALA Library Building Awards

Magazine article American Libraries

AIA/ALA Library Building Awards

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The following libraries are winners of the 2009 Library Building Awards, sponsored by the American Institute of Architects and ALA's Library Leadership and Management Association. The biennial award recognizes distinguished accomplishment in library architecture by an architect licensed in the United States for any library in the U.S. or abroad. This year's competition was open to all libraries completed since December 1, 2002.

Gentry Public Library occupies a preexisting brick building that the community wanted to maintain. Existing columns were developed into lighting columns that also provide book display space, while the space's existing pressed-metal ceiling was preserved.


Marlon Blackwell Architect

Size: 11,970 sq.ft.

Cost: $1.32 million

Photo: Timothy Hursley

The renovation of the Francis Martin Library transformed a dark, cheerless, outdated space to inspire and connect the members of the community. Reflective Barrisol forms a ceiling that folds away in some areas to increase height, while the diagonal shelf arrangement and curved walls create a dynamic space for children.

1100 Architect P.C.

Size: 4,000 sq. ft.

Cost: $830,000

Photo: Timothy Furzer


The new Chongqing Library is an urban complex that respects the culture of its 1947 predecessor while projecting a modern image. The building's form is based on the Chinese architectural tradition of the courtyard and the multistory atrium halls of western libraries. The use of water in a sculptural reflecting pool symbolizes Chongqing's location at the convergence of two of China's most important rivers.

Perkins Eastman

Size: 490,500 sq. ft.

Cost: $38.6 million

Photo: ZhiHui Gu/Courtesy Perkins



The Minneapolis Central Library is well-known for the metal "wing" hovering over the central Library Commons space. Flanking the Commons are two rectangular volumes with large open floors and no interior load-bearing walls. The library features dedicated spaces for many different groups, including a Children's Library with materials in more than 30 languages, a teen center designed by teens, the New Americans Center for recent immigrants, and a major business-services department.


Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects

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