Hartford Connecticut - The Connecticut Chapter of the American Institute of Architects has awarded Hartford Public Library’s Dwight Branch one of its 2013 Design Awards. Crediting the work of the architectural firm, TSKP STUDIO, the jurors noted, “This project shows how a tired building can be given a fresh lease on life…..It bursts out into the city, takes its activities out and shows them to passersby…” Located at a busy intersection, the new library space reaches out into the adjoining plaza with three finger-like wings, embracing and engaging the plaza.
The project entailed new construction along with renovation to the existing branch facility which was opened in 1979. This relatively small capital project delivers big impact due in part to its location at the heart of the community; to the mission behind Hartford Public Library’s mission to provide free resources that inspire reading, guide learning and encourage individual exploration; and to the architect’s design which reflects that mission.
Matthew K. Poland, the Library’s chief executive officer said, “We are delighted that this 21st century library renovation has been recognized for design excellence. TSKP STUDIO deftly incorporated our vision that the renovation should mirror the vibrant Parkville community streetscape during the day, and at night become a beacon of light for the community and the City. The space is designed as a welcoming place for learning for those who live, work, and study in the neighborhood.”
For more on this project and design, visit the project page.