Shadle Library, Spokane, Washington
Shadle Library
Spokane, Washington
The largest of Spokane Public Library's branches, this 17,847-square-foot facility serves northwest Spokane from the northwest corner of Shadle Park. The gentle curve of the floor plan focuses the user on the park setting and activities to the south. The main entry was emphasized by creating a glass vestibule that has a dramatic angular shape. The dark-green roof parallels the sloping ground plane, allowing the low south eave to control the amount of sun entering the reading areas, while the north side of the roof is lifted to allow north light into the interior and create a segmented rolling edge that becomes a part of the tree canopy when viewed from the park.
1998 Award of Merit, AIA Spokane