Winter Park Library & Events Center

Winter Park, Florida, USA

  • Status
    Current
  • Size
    4,830 m² / 52,000 ft²
  • Category
    Civic, Culture, Commercial
  • Design Architect
    Adjaye Associates
  • Architect of Record
    HuntonBrady Architects
  • Landscape Architect
    Land Design
  • Client
    The City of Winter Park
  • Civil Engineer
    Land Design
  • Mechanical/Plumbing Engineer
    TLC Engineering for Architecture
  • Structural Engineer
    TLC Engineering for Architecture
  • Envelope Consultant
    Thornton Tomasetti
  • Lighting Design
    Tillotson Design Associates

Technical Info +

Structural arches, inspired both by local fauna and the region’s vernacular architecture, establish the form of the pavilions, with vaulted rooflines and sweeping windows creating a porous relationship between interior and exterior, drawing natural light deep into the buildings.

The Winter Park Library & Events Center continues the firm’s inquiry into redefining the role of the public library in the 21st century. The project, a public private partnership with the City of Winter Park, consolidates and replaces the existing library and civic center buildings and creates a cultural hub for the city that can be activated both day and night. Located on the northwest corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Park, the project forms the backbone for an extensive revitalisation of the park. In response, the firm’s concept is a micro-village of three pavilions, each of different scale and function but which share a common formal language. The village is comprised of a new two-story library, a single-story event center and a new welcome portico that ushers users from the street and unifies the three structures. All three pavilions, composed of rose-pigmented concrete, rest on a raised belvedere that provides privileged, dramatic views onto the lake, increasing connectivity to the park and supports a new network of exterior community spaces that run between the three buildings.

Structural arches, inspired both by local fauna and the region’s vernacular architecture, establish the form of the pavilions, with vaulted rooflines and sweeping windows creating a porous relationship between interior and exterior, drawing natural light deep into the buildings. The diverse program includes flexible floorplates for both the library and event center, encouraging cross-usage and maximising adaptability for each. The library’s open floorplate supports collection spaces accessible to all ages and abilities, interactive youth and children areas, an indoor auditorium, maker-spaces and technology portals, a business center, continuing and education spaces. These open spaces are framed by four timber-lined cores that contain Winter Park’s historical and archival collection spaces, support zones, and private reading rooms. The event center, meanwhile, features a flexible auditorium space and a rooftop venue offering expansive views of the nearby park.

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