Overview

Ramsey County Library-Maplewood

Maplewood, Minnesota

Overview

Composed of two rectangular architectural masses set horizontally on the site, the 31,000-square-foot Ramsey County Library-Maplewood includes an extended entry canopy that welcomes patrons into an engaging interior focused on a central lobby and reading porch overlooking the Maplewood Sculpture Garden. A colorful material palette enlivens the spatially functional spaces, from the intimate reading rooms to the soaring central stacks.

industrial engineering

Staff workrooms are open and flexible to support effective material flow. Automated sorting equipment reduces repetitive tasks and improves ergonomics, allowing staff more time to assist patrons and streamlining the management of the County's system-wide collection.

The rhythm of the anodized-aluminum facade looks like books on a book shelf. I would have loved to have been dropped off here as a kid.
AIA Minnesota Honor Awards Jury

Awards

Ramsey County Library-Maplewood

Awards