Fuquay-Varina Community Library

Fuquay-Varina, NC

This new public library is strategically located to serve as an anchor for its growing neighborhood, community, and town. Commensurate with a modern library’s function which extends far beyond housing books, the building creates a hub that citizens will use for research, entertainment, seminars, gatherings, group or individual study, and reading.

The design incorporates exterior spaces to encourage active use as a community destination for after school and weekend activities. Located 1.5 miles from a bustling, growing downtown district, the site will accommodate anticipated future phases of growth and expansion to a regional library.

The building’s orientation maximizes daylighting and passive solar design. The simple geometry, combined with subtle, intentional moves which respond to interior functions, creates meaningful connections to both context and site. The roof folds upward on the east façade to bring daylight deep into the interior, while solar shading fins and low E glazing control direct glare and heat gain. The long, linear form accommodates current needs; a future addition will create an L-shaped building to house additional program spaces.

A layered exterior with planes of brick, metal panel, and curtainwall creates a human-scale façade with a well-defined entry sequence and framed views both in and out. A contemporary metal panel canopy delineates the entry, while an adjacent courtyard garden creates an outdoor gathering space. Solar shading fins on the east facade allow controlled natural light and views.