US Building of the Week

Winter Park Library and Events Center

Adjaye Associates
10. January 2022
Photo: Dror Baldinger
Project: Winter Park Library and Events Center (2021)
Location: Winter Park, Florida, USA
Client: The City of Winter Park
Design Architect: Adjaye Associates
Architect of Record: HuntonBrady Architects
Acoustical Design: Gary Seibein
Civil Engineer/Landscape Architect: Land Design
Envelope Consultant: Thornton Tomasetti
Food Service Design: Phil Bean
General Contractor: Brasfield & Gorrie
Owner’s Representative: The Pizzutti Companies
Signage Consultant: Poblocki
Structural, Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, Fire Protection Engineer + Audio Visual and Security: TLC Engineering
Building Areas
  • Library: 35,155 sf
  • Events Center: 18,200 sf
  • Porte Cochère: 2,457 sf
Photo: Ivane Katamashvili

Sited on the Northwest corner of Martin Luther King, Jr. Park, this new civic and cultural hub embodies the values of the park’s namesake and is envisioned as a space for community empowerment and edification. As part of an extensive revitalization of the park, the new hub is in harmony with the unique tropical ecology of the site and is conceived as a micro–village of three pavilions, each of different scale and function but which share a common formal language. The village is comprised of a new two-story library, an event center with rooftop terrace, as well as a new welcome portico that ushers users from the street and unifies the three structures. Guided by biophilic design principles, all three pavilions — composed of rose-pigmented concrete — rest on a raised belvedere that provides idyllic views onto Lake Mendsen, increasing connectivity to the park’s wellness offerings and supporting a new network of exterior green community spaces that run between the three structures.

Photo: Dror Baldinger

Arches, inspired both by local fauna and the region’s vernacular architecture, establish the form of the pavilions, with vaulted rooflines and sweeping windows creating a porous relationship between interior and exterior, drawing natural light deep into the buildings. The diverse program includes flexible floor plates for both the library and events center, encouraging cross-pollination and maximizing adaptability for each.

Photo: Dror Baldinger

The library’s open plan supports collection spaces accessible to all ages and abilities, interactive youth and children areas, an indoor auditorium, maker spaces and technology portals, an entrepreneurship center, and continuing education spaces, extending the means by which the entire community can interact, learn, and gather. These open spaces are framed by four timber-lined cores that contain Winter Park’s historical and archival collection spaces, support zones, and private reading rooms.

Library (Photo: Dror Baldinger)
Library (Photo: Dror Baldinger)
Library (Photo: Dror Baldinger)

The events center features a flexible auditorium space and a rooftop terrace that offers expansive views of the lakeside park setting. Creating parity between the civic library space and the commercially focused event center, both buildings feature a signature sculptural stair.

Events Center (Photo: Chad Baumer)
Events Center terrace (Photo: Dror Baldinger)
Events Center (Photo: Chad Baumer)

As an ensemble, the Winter Park Library and Events Center comes together as a space of social gathering, intellectual nourishment, and enhanced connection to its natural tropical context.

Site Plan (Drawing: Adjaye Associates)
Ground Floor Plan (Drawing: Adjaye Associates)
Second Floor Plan (Drawing: Adjaye Associates)
Site Section East-West (Drawing: Adjaye Associates)
Site Section North-South (Drawing: Adjaye Associates)
Library West Elevation (Drawing: Adjaye Associates)
Library North Elevation (Drawing: Adjaye Associates)
Library South Elevation (Drawing: Adjaye Associates)
Library Longitudinal Section (Drawing: Adjaye Associates)
Event Center East and West Elevations (Drawing: Adjaye Associates)
Event Center Section (Drawing: Adjaye Associates)
Solar Studies (Drawing: Adjaye Associates)

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