Embracing the Landscape
The vision was to design a library that blends into its surroundings.
A library on the park
The public library is first and foremost a place; the family room of a community. Positioned between a pocket park and a well-traveled highway, the LEED library’s design strives to create a welcoming environment, embracing the landscape and maximizing connection to the outdoors.
22,000 SF Library
132 space parking structure
Design Bid Build
SPLOST with inter Government funding City of Norcross
LEED Ver 4 Certified
Southwest Gwinnett Magazine
The interweaving of the plaza, green roof, and park creates new opportunities for outdoor programming.
Falling Water - Frank Lloyd Wright
The epitome of “organic architecture, Fallingwater’s design symbolizes the harmony between people and nature.
The library incorporates strong horizontal lines to emphasize a pulling into the landscape.
Villa Savoye - LeCorbusier
Villa Savoye was the vision of Le Corbusier’s 5 points to a new architecture, as a paradign of the “machine for living”. The building incorporates ribbon windows and a rooftop garden to embrace and frame the landscape. The ground level consists of a parking garage.
The library incorporates a raised green roof to conceal parking on the ground level. Horizontal windows provide offer panaramic views of the landscape.
Maison a Bordeaux - Rem Koolhaas
The Maison a Bordeaux is a private residence of three floors on a hill overlooking Bordeaux. Comprised of three horizontal layers, the design is half inside and half outside.
The library blurs the distinction between inside and outside thru an exterior room defined with a low ceiling.
“I have found Chad to be forward thinking and progressive in his approach to library design and implementation. Chad and I both share a passion for libraries and he really understands the importance of the library to the community.”
Mr. Charles Pace, Executive Director, Gwinnett County Public Library
Salk Institute - Louis I. Kahn
The defining work of Architect Louis I. Kahn, the Salk Institute laboratory cluster consisted of two parallel blocks enclosing a water garden. The buildings frame a long view of the Pacific Ocean, accentuated by a thin linear fountain that seems to reach for the horizon.
Architect Chad Cas’ Thesis Advisor at Princeton was the acclaimed architect and teacher Carles Vallhonrat. From 1960 to 1971, Mr. Vallhonrat worked in the office of Louis I. Kahn as principal assistant to Mr. Kahn in the design of the Salk Institute.
Computers teathered to outlets are giving way to wireless and mobile devices.
In touch with nature
Long, low, sweeping lines and natural light played a major part in the design. Natural light from the horizontal windows aids the work and reading environment, keeping the inside of the library in touch with the natural surroundings.
Creating a highly effective library involves more than banks of computers and access to Wi-Fi - it’s about integrating work and life.
Using color theory to influence behavior
Color is a powerful communication tool and can be used to signal action, influence mood, and even influence physiological reactions.
People and Place
Creating a range of spaces from which patrons can choose, based on their mood and task, is critical to a successful library.
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