Westport Library, Connecticut Building Renovation, American Architecture Project, Images

Westport Library Building in Connecticut

June 18, 2020

Westport Library Building

Design: HMA2 Architects

Location: 20 Jesup Rd, Westport, CT 06880 , New England region, USA

Westport Library Building Connecticut

The interior spaces of Westport Library were designed to accommodate multiple and flexible uses for every age group and all demographics, seven days a week. The transformation of this  existing library, originally built in 1985 and expanded in 1998, unlocks the potential energy of  its space and people.

Before:
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To achieve this transformation the outdated library interior was first  gutted. Walls, floors, and ceilings were then lifted, stretched and reconfigured within the  existing shell to weave a parade of dynamic spaces for all kinds of learning and socializing. The  book stack collections that formerly occupied the grand center space on the main level were  moved to the lower level’s compressed social hall.

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This allowed for the main level to be  transformed into a flexible arena for not so quiet activities: co-working, mingling, meeting,  coffee making, shopping, and staged events. At its heart is a “Forum,” a central flexible work  area that readily morphs into an arena for any imaginable type of cultural and community  gathering, with a stage and large LED screen. The lower river walk was transformed into a quiet  respite with books and river views. Mobility and unexpected adjacencies drive the design, and  tables, shelves, and chairs on wheels allow users and staff to reconfigure at will.

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The library  fuses print and digital experiences by showcasing the latest books next to state of the art video  and sound production studios. The library’s extensive collection of visible, flexible and densely  composed spaces generate high levels of community participation, empowerment, and energy.  Utilitarian materials are dynamically choreographed to form layered textures, acoustic comfort,  and some embedded words.    

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While the transformation of the library interior was dramatic, the transformation of the exterior  was more subtle to achieve similar goals of creating an open and welcoming atmosphere. The  existing library was a brick box with punched window openings and one visible entrance. As  such the library felt mute to its river and town green views on two sides.

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Two new entrances  were added for convenience and to create a connection to the river and park. The park-side  entry is accessed from a gently accessible garden ramp and a set of steps form amphitheater  tiers for outdoor concerts. Flanking both new glass entrances are additional windows to  harvest daylight and views, and to make the library feel like a beacon on the park summit at  night. 

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Westport Library Building, Connecticut State – Building Information

Architect of Record: HMA2 Architects

Project location: 20 Jesup Rd, Westport, CT 06880 
Project type: Library 
Project size: 45,000 sq ft 
Completed: 2019

Design Team 
HMA2 Principal in charge: Henry Myerberg 
HMA2 Project Team: Christine Sheridan, Miranda Danusugondo, Maarten Wessels, Michael  Hackspill 
General Contractor: AP Construction 
Civil Engineers: Redniss & Mead 
Mechanical Engineers: AKF Group 
Structural Engineers: Thornton Tomasetti 
Interior Design: HMA2 Architects 
Lighting: Fisher Marantz Stone 
Landscape Architect: W Landscape Architecture 
Windows and entries: Kawneer 

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Acoustic panels: Tectum 
Acoustic wedges: Sonex 
Spray Acoustic: International Cellulose K-13 
Floors: Interface carpet tiles 
Linear LED light fixtures: Axis 
Brick: Endicott 
Elevator: Kone 
Mechanized window shades: MechoSystems 
Landscape pavers: Hanover 
Customized furniture: Milder Office 
Acoustic Consultant: Longman Lindsey Environmental Graphic Design: Alexander Isley
Food Service Consultant: Cini-Little
Owner’s Representative: Soundview Construction Advisors

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Photography: Chris Payne, ESTO 

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