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February 5, 2013

Ordinary Building Materials Produce Extraordinary Design

Ordinary Building Materials Produce Extraordinary Design

Project: South Mountain Community Library
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Architects: Richärd+Bauer Architecture
Completion: 2011

Amidst the arid desert terrain of Phoenix, Arizona lies a shining, copper-clad structure. Surrounded by mountains, the South Mountain Community Library provides the desert city with superior design. The organic structure supplies a durable public oasis for literary enthusiasts as well a campus for the local community college.

Accommodating both local residents and the academic community, the structure provides social, academic, and public needs. The library is separated to oblige local residents on the ground floor and the academic community on the second.

The building utilizes an array of seemingly ordinary building materials including copper, timber, steel, aluminum, glass and acrylic. The steel structure is clad in natural copper rain screen that mimics a digital bar code. It utilizes five insulated rooftop lanterns that provide subtle lighting in the evening. The alternating glass and copper exterior allows natural daylight inward while giving a harmonious view of the property’s gardens.

The interior of the building is lined with timber strips meant to evoke a sense of warmth to occupants, as well as a series of laser-cut acrylic panels that reflect the ingenious agriculture of the region.

More recent sophistication in fabricating techniques enabled the architects at Richärd+Bauer Architecture to achieve an uncompromising exterior design. According to a member at the firm,

“Through advancements in building materials and energy modeling data, sustainable buildings do not have to sacrifice quality of design.”

images courtesy of © Bill Timmerman and Mark Boisclair via Richärd+Bauer Architecture
information courtesy of © Richärd+Bauer Architecture Interview with

DISCLAIMER: This project does not feature ALPOLIC Materials. The Architecture, Design and Sustainability sections of our blog are for global projects that we find remarkable.

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