Interpreted as a civic rivitalization project, this scheme—developed as a one week exercise—proposed significant landscaping and vehicle management as part of the scope.
The continuous erosion of parkland around the H.H. Richardson’s historic library—both phyiscally and visually by unsightly service amenities—is opposed by creating an enclosing L shaped addition that simultaneously protects it and announces it’s expanded program to the town. The underground parking in the lower levels eliminates parking as a town streetscape, yet provides direct access to the building for visitors arriving by car.
The ends of the addition raise out of the ground, reconnecting views to the town center and park to the northwest. The earth is excavated to create a lowered new entry plaza and anchors to the original building are kept low, elevating the original building and preserving its silhouette as it appears in the town seal. By sloping the floors of the stacks all areas of the new addition are accessible to all.