Town of Ridgefield : Ridgefield, CT
Set in a park-like setting on a bucolic small town main street, the original library, built in 1903, is red brick, Beaux-Arts, and simultaneously diminutive and monumental. Behind the 1903 building lie a series of additions, defer in material and overall scale to the original. As a library for the future, our design proposes a melding of town fabric with town life. The new library addition forms connections. Large windows will frame views so that the townscape becomes part of the interior architecture. In plan and section, the new locks into the topography of the site, the street, an adjacent building façade, and the old library. There will be multiple points of entry – from Main Street, a side street, parking lot, and lower parking lot. All lead directly to a central organizing node in which the many components of the library intersect.