The program for The Community School of Naples’ Library/Media/Arts Center required a traditional library, electronics, campus networking, a small theater that would seat 250 to 300 people, a boardroom/multipurpose room and classrooms to temporarily support the newly established high school and the arts program.
The concept of library-as-hub, equidistant from each CAPACITY650COST PER SQ FT$126.50FEATURED IN1999 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYSpecialized and the main entrance for community use, along with the shape of the theater, which brings all members of the audience in intimate contact with the performers, generated the shape of the building.
The encapsulated fourth quadrant, a 5,550-square-foot bonus, created an additional outdoor theater and balcony, a socialization space, intermission activities and community-events venue. It also brings the major north-oriented light into the library and classrooms.
Because the building was too large for conventional cooling, it was determined that a chilled- water system would be initiated campuswide, benefiting the school with power company rebates and bringing existing buildings online as obsolescence dictated.
Finally, the lakeside setting was used to create tranquility appropriate to a library, the lakeside plaza and its uses. It also generated much-needed fill, and provided required water retention.
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