Lewis & Clark Branch Library
St. Louis County Library
St. Louis, Missouri
Square Footage: 20,000 SF
The Lewis & Clark Branch Library will replace a 1960’s era library at the same location. The branch was named for the famous explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark because of its proximity to the launch point of their expedition to the Louisiana Territory. The library is planned as a one story, 20,000 square foot building in a residential neighborhood.
The St. Louis County Library required a re-orientation of the building to provide a more visible front entry, greater efficiency and safety, and was designed to meet the community’s expectation of 21st century technology. The library program was derived from the idea of a sequence of spaces surrounding a communal space, which reinforces the sense of community by its users. The communal space is highlighted by a lantern rising through the roof, which is evocative of the illumination of knowledge, and provides a beacon for the community.
This branch was designed in conjunction with KAI Design & Build of St. Louis.