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A physical restriction on a building site can lead to interesting design. Delaware-based ikon.5.architects were faced with a challenge when designing an addition for the children’s book section of the Hockessin Public Library. Due to unavoidable constraints on the north, east, and west sides of the library, the only option for extension was south, into a 100-year flood plain.
The architects bypassed this limitation by employing a cantilever, pushing the volume of the construction into the surrounding wooded environment. They came up with a glass pavilion in the middle of the woods, resulting in a unique modern design with an emphasis on unadulterated materials.
Employing floor-to-ceiling glazing for the exterior blurs the distinction between the inside and outside spaces, bringing the landscape into the building, as well as bathing the interior with natural daylight. Ceramic and aluminum frittering on the glazing diffuses the sun's intensity and provides a decorative utilitarian element that echoes the surrounding foliage.
Comfortable furniture with an artful carpet design distinguish this space as place for relaxation and reading, separate from but still a part of the library. Glazed walls allow natural sunlight during the day, and the biomorphic chandeliers provide illumination at night.
An entrance should be welcoming and inviting. The wide, tiled area entrance of the Hockessin Public Library invites visitors to not only enter, but to utilize the space as an area for relaxation.
See the rest of the project here.