ALTANTA-FULTON PUBLIC LIBRARY SYSTEM: ALPHARETTA LIBRARY
The new Alpharetta Library will be a key part of a new 22 acre mixed-use development in Alpharetta, Georgia. The site for the library, which is located in the southeast corner of the development, slopes heavily from northwest to southeast with a majority of the site significantly lower than the “heart” of the mixed-use development. The main design goals for the building include connecting the upper and lower areas of the site, allowing the building to engage and be in the adjacent park rather than a park edge, and maximizing the preservation of the existing mature vegetation.
In order to maintain visibility and connection with both the center of the development to the north and visitor parking to the south, the building is designed around an engaging monumental stair and seating area which links both the high and low entries and provides opportunities for dialogue, study, and “hanging out”. Other areas of the library are oriented around the stair with opportunities to view the various activities as well as providing views and a strong connection to the natural outdoor areas. On the lower level, the children’s area and auditorium are located near the entry, closest to where visitors will arrive by car and where school groups will enter the building. The park is allowed to flow up to the building at this level, creating outdoor areas for gathering and other outdoor events. The upper level consists of staff areas, conference rooms, the adult collection, and a large porch which further links the library to the park.
The project is currently projected to be LEED silver and will utilize many green features including maximizing views and daylighting and the utilization of low flow plumbing fixtures, energy efficient mechanical systems, rapidly renewable, local, and recyclable building materials, and minimizing site disturbance.
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