DeKalb County Public Libraries

The existing Northlake – Barbara Loar Branch Library was built in 1991, in the post-modern style and required updating and additional space to fit the needs of the community. The design of the addition and renovation of this library presented an opportunity to create an integrated space, where old and new spaces flow seamlessly together. The architecture of the addition plays off the existing post-modern design, expanding the “ship” metaphor through its literal form. The expanded children’s area occupies the prominent “prow” of the ship and the new teen area incorporates a “space age” aesthetic.  Casual reading areas and secluded meeting spaces are scattered throughout the collections. Interior views are maximized through extensive, playful layout of windows.

Sustainable Elements: Recycled content carpet tile; Low-VOC Paints; Low-E Glazing; Energy Star-rated Fixtures; Maximize Open Space (positive way to saying limit site disturbance); Highly-reflective roof surface; Exceed minimum energy performance; Maintain significant portions of existing building components; Low-VOC interior finishes; Daylight and views for a majority of spaces.

Awards: 2010 Metal Architecture Best Overall Design Honorable Mention

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DeKalb County Public Libraries


Tucker, Georgia

Project Size

20,000 square feet