Issaquah Public Library

The Issaquah Public Library is a 1500 m² branch library that represents an expansion and modernization of library services for Issaquah in a more prominent and centralized location. It is located in the heart of the historic downtown core. The design of the library draws on and reinterprets the traditional wooden structures of the region as well as makes reference to the influence of Japanese craft, brought to this area by immigration in the first half of the 20th century. Sustainability principles guided the design. Structurally, engineered wood products were employed, glue laminated beams with steel flitches, utilizing the best aspects of each material and creating an economic structural system. The butterfly roof which spans the entire space creates clearstory windows, allowing the soft light to filter within. A custom lighting system over the book stacks employs one light source for both direct lighting of the books and indirect ambient light between book stacks. The furniture throughout the library is made from apple plywood, a by-product of the local apple growing industry.
Work in association with Bohlin Cywinski Jackson


American Institute of Architects Design Award, 2005