Texas firm turns old Wal-Mart into library.
We need more of this in Texas.
In McAllen, Texas, MS&R Architecture turned an old Wal-Mart into a public libraryâ€“converting a space the size of two football fields into â€œthe countryâ€™s largest single-story library.â€ The project was a winner at the 2012 Library Interior Design Awards.
The inspiring project shows how the boxy architecture of these stadium-sized stores can be converted into a more civic-minded space. Below, weâ€™ve embedded the layout of the library, an evocative way to divide a one-story library.
Hereâ€™s more about the design: â€œTo meet this challenge, the designers had the old store interior and new mechanical systems painted white to form a neutral shell for new patron and service areas, which are designated with color. Primary program areasâ€”including community meeting rooms, the childrenâ€™s library, adult services, and the staff areaâ€”are located in quadrants of the building. This clear organization allows easy wayfinding and patron access from a central service spine, delineated by a patterned wood ceiling that runs the length of the building. A secondary spine in orange bisects the first to further distinguish the public community meeting rooms from the private staff area and the childrenâ€™s from the adult services areas.â€
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