Adams Street Branch Library
Project name: Adams Street Branch Library
Project narrative: A single pitch monumentalizes the transparent, welcoming façade on Adams Street, while a peaked roof in the rear matches the scale of the residential neighborhood and serves the rain garden. The use of multiple terra-cotta glazes allows the building to respond to its immediate contexts and speak to the history of New England Greek Revival buildings. The stacks and reading areas within are surrounded by a native garden to the south and a reading garden to the north that frames a heritage oak tree saved by the community. The north-south grain of book shelving ensures light and views for all.
Project location: Dorchester, Massachusetts
Firm name: NADAAA
Project type: Public Library
Project information: New construction
Size: 13,900 sf
Certifications: LEED Gold (pending)
Client: Boston Public Facilities Department and Boston Public Library
Jury comments: This project is very successful in responding to the environment, the site, and the neighborhood. The floor plan reflects the program, and the roof forms allow the building to adjust itself in order to direct water, change scales, and provide light as needed. The interesting use of materials, the careful detailing, and the presence of this building on its site result in a project that addresses sustainability and community, while creating a beautiful and memorable design.
Images/Photographer(s): John Horner; Nic Lehoux
Landscape Architect: Ground, Inc.
General Contractor: J&J Contractors
Project or Construction Manager: J&J Contractors
Civil Engineer: BSC
Structural: Souza True and Partners
Mechanical: Garcia, Galuska, DeSousa Consulting Engineers, Inc.
Electrical: Garcia, Galuska, DeSousa Consulting Engineers, Inc.
Plumbing: Garcia, Galuska, DeSousa Consulting Engineers, Inc.
Lighting: Sladen Feinstein
Consultants: Envelope: GRLA Code; Geotech: McPhail Associates, LLC; Graphic Design/Wayfinding: NADAAA; Security Design: Garcia, Galuska, DeSousa Consulting Engineers, Inc.; Building Envelope and Waterproofing: GRLA Specifications, Kalin Associates Inc.; Cost Estimating: PM&C; Energy Modeling: Garcia, Galuska, DeSousa Consulting Engineers, Inc.; Commissioning Agent: SMMA