The new 8,000 SF library is located within the historical district of “Old Town” Duvall, situated at the northeast corner of the Main Street (HWY 203) and NE Stephens Street intersection. The design of the new library was governed by the requirement to fit this history along with the scale and character of Main Street and reflects the wonderful character of Duvall: rural yet urban, sophisticated yet authentic, warm and rustic yet modern. The enclosing shell is adorned with recycled barn wood and a living roof, weathered steel and glass. Inside this responsive shell, the materials remain, yet are transformed. A perforated plywood ceiling creates an acoustic environment that is quiet and calm, but lively enough to create a communal sense. Hand blown glass light fixtures speak to the craft still present in Duvall. The children’s area sports circular cubbies perfect for curling up with a book – they are nearly always occupied. And the meeting room provides a light and area resource for an active community. The Duvall Library is seeking LEED Certification and is the result of a wonderful collaboration between citizens, the Friends of the Duvall Library, KCLS Administration and the design team.
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