Traditional Ojibwa imagery and sacred symbols adorn the new library at the Lac Courte Orielles Ojibwa Community College campus in Hayward, Wis.
In addition to traditional library functions, the building offers up a space for the tribal community to gather, grow and learn. The new library provides about 9,300 square feet of accommodation with a children’s library, COST PER SQ FT$169.10 study rooms and a gathering/storytelling area evoking the feeling of a traditional wigwam dwelling, with a fireplace and featuring a framed, open-latticed ceiling with wooden walls resembling bark and sapling latticing.
The natural wood building exterior complements surrounding campus buildings and the new campus entrance. The children’s library evokes the feeling of growth with an emphasis on seedlings felt throughout in the chairs` playful fabric and wooden bench with sapling carvings. The Sacred Tree and Circle are felt throughout the design from the new grand campus entrance to the carpet inlays in the wigwam. Everything from the porcelain tile to the oak desks and bookshelves was inspired by nature and the beautiful rural site of the college.