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England Run Library


England Run Library.

Stafford, Virginia

England Run is a 30,000 SF library that is constructed on a heavily wooded and sloped parcel adjacent to a residential neighborhood. The library is intended to be a community focus, follow sustainable design principles, and emulate the character of retail book stores. The library is designed with a curved shape not only because of site topography, but also because of the desire to minimize the library’s footprint by creating specialized areas and vistas around the corner as people walk down the bookstore “street.” A series of copper colored wedge shaped volumes face the street, allowing natural light to reach deep into the library. This created views both into and from the library and served as lanterns into the evening. 


The interior palette includes wood ceilings that give a warm glow to the library, a progression of sculptural light fixtures, and built elements that encourage interaction with patrons.