Spokane Downtown Library, Spokane, Washington
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Spokane Downtown Library
Spokane, Washington
  • 1994 People's Choice Award, AIA Spokane
  • 1994 Citation, AIA Spokane
The collaborative process used to design Spokane's 126,000-square-foot, three-story main library encompassed a series of sessions with the library board and director as well as user groups, making the final building organization a reflection of the collective wisdom of dozens of participants. Led by NAC Architecture, the Downtown Library team included associated architect THA Architecture. The ground floor provides spacious, flexible public meeting spaces and a large grand stairway leading to the library's public service spaces on the second and third floors. To provide maximum flexibility within the floor plates, the library spaces are organized by an open-column grid. The southern edge of the grid features large masonry openings that provide framed views of the historic section of Spokane. The northern edge is a full glass wall showcasing an expansive view of the Spokane River Falls below. A large roof monitor fills the central volume with natural light, augmenting the lighting system. A grid of ducting for power, data and telecommunications weaves through the floors of both public service levels, providing ample flexibility for future access.