Client - undisclosed
Type - Civic, Urban Public Realm, Reuse, Art
Status - Conceptual
Area - 2 acres
Location - undisclosed
Team - Ten x Ten, MSR Architects
The concept for site and building design provide for environmental responsiveness, environmental familiarity, and variety in use to support comfort and access. The East Branch Library is designed to create a seamless relationship between inside and outside. The site is situated on a high point topographically, offering spectacular views to the north and east over the forested cross-timbers region of Oklahoma. The building’s orientation and exterior public plaza and reading porch take advantage of this viewshed and perch over the native prairie landscape and wild ravines directly to the east.
The 12,500 sf library is wrapped by a bioswale that is structured to manage and temporarily store storm water run-off, and showcase Oklahoma’s beautiful and resilient native prairie landscape. An entry plaza and public porch offer intimate outdoor seating areas and native gardens.