Oak Park Public Library

Oak Park, Illinois

Project Info
Oak Park Public Library
Oak Park, Illinois
Completion Date: 2003
Square Footage: 104,000

Awards:
Signage & Environmental Graphics Category, 2005
American Corporate Identity Annual

Corporate Office over 30,000 SF Category, 2004
ASID, Illinois Chapter

In collaboration with building architect Nagle Hartray Danker Kagan McKay Penney, the Perkins+Will Branded Environments practice developed a new public library for Oak Park, a reinvigorated educational and civic meeting center adjacent to the city's central park space and across from Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple

We based our interior design, finishes, environmental graphics, wayfinding and new identity system on a series of experiences to "open the door to a community at home in the world of learning." We integrated the inspirational concepts of "discover, connect and participate" throughout the facility, including the community space, main lobby, children's educational "exploratorium" and glass-enclosed elevator shaft. Our design solutions expressed the spirit and rich diversity of Oak Park and created a destination in the heart of the community for today and decades to come.

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