Pensacola Catholic High School, Brent Library/Media Center

Pensacola, Florida

Planned to establish a new center of campus literally, functionally and socially, the new library and media center for Pensacola Catholic High School was situated at a pedestrian-access crossroad.

The form of the building with its gently curved roof allows the interior ceiling, which is acoustically correct, to express itself from within. North-facing windows, with ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$138.00CITATIONSilver CitationFEATURED IN2003 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYLibraries/Media Centers glass panels to maintain visual privacy, are placed between the stepped concrete columns. This allows indirect natural light to dominate the interior. Carefully placed windows highlight interior points of circulation. Building materials such as brick, concrete and glass were chosen to match the existing campus.

The building is the first two-story building on campus, and elevators and stairs help maximize the footprint of the new addition. The second-level balcony overlooks the main reading room, where each desk is furnished with computer and task lighting. The 12,000-volume book collection is placed in low stacks to divide the space into work and study areas. An informal student-periodicals section was placed beneath the balcony along with office, conference and circulation functions. The second level, where light control was critical, includes a television-production studio and student work areas.

"Exciting space and use of natural lighting."—2003 jury