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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Hockessin Public Library in New Castle, Delaware by ikon.5 Architects Designed using AutoCAD

 
September 27th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: ikon.5 Architects

The expansion of the Hockessin Public Library is a floating glass pavilion in a park. The existing library site is bounded by a major road to the north, parking to the west and wetland to the east, leaving only the possibility for expansion to the south. The south side of the site overlooks a densely vegetated county park, but is restricted by a 100 year flood plain within close proximity to the existing library. To avoid this barrier, the expansion cantilevers over the floodplain and projects into the landscaped park.

Hockessin Public Library

  • Architects: ikon.5 Architects
  • Project: Hockessin Public Library
  • Location: New Castle, Delaware
  • Software used: AutoCAD

Hockessin Public Library

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

  • 10,000 SF Addition
  • 15,000 SF Renovation
  • Children’s Library
  • General Collections and Reading
  • Hockessin Archives
  • Audio Visual Collection
  • Information Technology
  • Community Meeting Rooms

Community Meeting Rooms

Taking advantage of its suspended position on the edge of the park, the addition is made primarily of glass allowing views of the park to envelop the interior space which houses children’s library and creates an exciting learning environment for families. Filled with natural day light and sights of the flora and fauna of the Delaware landscape, the children’s library is also a learning laboratory of the natural environment in which it is dramatically positioned. The design of the aluminum and ceramic fritted glass enclosure shields the intense sunlight and abstractly recalls the hanging foliage and structure of the willow trees in the adjacent park.

Exterior View

The project expands the existing library by adding to the most heavily utilized functions: the children’s collection, community meeting rooms and public access services and reference. This expansion allows for a significant increase in the overall collection and seating to meet the demands of a growing community.

Interior View

Interior View

Children’s Library

Exterior View

Interior View

Hockessin Public Library

Model

Floor Plan

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