| Architecture Studies Library
Entry number: B07018
Exposed heavy timber construction and layered natural wood
Inside the library, a large reading occupies the main level, with an ascending stair up to the floors of book stacks, mimicking the familiar act of climbing the slopes in this mountainous region. Reading alcoves and study lofts perched above the book stacks take advantage of the voluminous, light-filled reading room while providing views into the forest. The three floors and two mezzanines also contain classrooms, meeting rooms, offices, exhibit space, and a cafe.
Space Programming: Efficient planning of interior and exterior space minimized material, energy, and construction cost impact. Interior space program allowed for abundant use of daylight.
Heating/Cooling: The only air conditioning in the building is located in the computer server rooms. All other spaces are naturally ventilated via operable windows. Vents located in the floors exhaust hot air up from each floor and out through the high clerestories in the roof. Passive shading also helps keep building cool. An in-floor radiant heating system is used to warm spaces in the winter.
Lighting: Clerestory windows allow natural, yet controlled, light to spill into the circulation, exhibit and reading areas. Maximizing the use of daylight in this way increases comfort (and learning), while reducing energy load. Lighting control systems and efficient secondary/task lighting were also incorporated.
Local Materials: Extensive use of local and regional materials, such as Douglas fir and native stone, enhance the building's connection to its specific place.
Site Development: The ecologically sensitive site was developed using sustainable practices, in close coordination with the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, including:
Material in ASL Library: Form Core Boards, Project Description Form, Exteriors Photos, Location Map, Site Plan, Floor Plan, and Interior Photos
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