PROJECT GOAL Central city library reinvigorated as a citywide hub for learning and gathering highlighting its dramatic natural setting.
Aspiration & Achievement
An outdated downtown library reimagined as a citywide hub of 21st century learning and gathering features next generation resources and breathtaking event spaces celebrating its spectacular riverfront location.
2022 AIA San Mateo, Honor Award for Interior Architecture
"From understanding the unique needs of our community to delivering innovative designs that evoke the essence of our region, Integrus has been an indispensable partner for our $77M bond projects. They transformed our strategic vision into innovative physical spaces that evoke the Library of the Future. The outcome would not have been the same without them and their work has led to us winning numerous architecture and library awards."
Located in the heart of downtown overlooking the magnificent Spokane River and falls, much of the building remained unchanged from its original mid-90’s format. Following passage of a public library bond, this flagship library is transformed into a citywide hub of innovative 21st century library services and gathering spaces. Far reaching updates include live radio broadcast and media studios, a business lab, meeting rooms, vibrant river themed children’s discovery play space, café, serenity space for quiet reading and study, and indigenous focused nxʷyxʷyetkʷ Hall celebrating site history. A spectacular new atrium features captivating hanging art by John Rogers suspended over an expansive staircase providing seating and tiered performance space. This multi-story open space visually connects all floors, bringing natural light and clear wayfinding to improve the dynamic flow throughout the library.
A new entry hall presents a visible entry sequence to the building, with a café for informal gathering. Library collections begin on the second ﬂoor with access to an adjacent retail area across a skywalk. Numerous meeting rooms and small study rooms punctuate all floors, offering a variety of choices for community use. Outside, open plazas surround the library fronting pedestrian walkways along the Spokane River and connecting to the lively retail street.
The library is a popular meeting and gathering destination, making it a hub of city activity and popular place to be in a vibrant city.