The Bullis School, The Marriott Family Library

Potomac, Maryland

The Bullis School provides private education for students in grades 3-12. The new Marriott Family Library was designed to create a focal point for the spacious 80-acre campus. The warm and inviting building complements the simple, Georgian-brick character of the surrounding campus facilities.

The site for the library is on axis with the entrance road, midway between ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$171.43FEATURED IN2000 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYLibraries/Media Centers main academic buildings. In this location, the library provides a link and a common meeting place for students of all ages. A major design challenge for the library was to give appropriate prominence to a one-story media center surrounded by two- and three-story buildings. A pitched roof above a 16-foot-high eave line not only provides high-volume spaces for major interior library areas, but also forms a highly visible exterior facade from the campus entrance. At the same time, lower elements, such as the galleries, the study carrel area and the story center, bring the building down to a comfortable scale for children and young adults.

The library program includes a technology center for the entire campus, a computer lab and two technology-equipped classrooms, in addition to traditional library spaces.

Photographer: ©Joseph Romeo