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  • Arlington

    2900 South Quincy Street, Suite 710
    Arlington, VA 22206 Map
    T 703.998.0101 | F 703.998.7798

  • Chesapeake

    1317 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200
    Chesapeake, VA 23320 Map
    T 757.622.2828 | F 757.622.2430

  • Richmond

    115 South 15th Street, Suite 202
    Richmond, VA 23219 Map
    T 804.277.8987 | F 804.277.8991

  • Roanoke

    28 Church Ave SW
    Roanoke, VA 24011 Map
    T 540.344.1212 | F 540.344.1321

  • Rockville

    1 Research Court, Suite 450
    Rockville, MD 20850 Map
    T 240.403.4101

Montclair Library

Location: Prince William County, VA

The new, 20,000-SF Montclair library and restored historic Barnes House were constructed together to form a civic complex. The site for the complex is sharply sloped and adjacent to a commercial area. As a result, parking for 100 cars was required to be structured beneath the library. While some patrons will walk from the commercial area, most will enter the library from the garage providing a different experience from most suburban libraries.

The library sits on a plinth over the garage and floats above the surrounding trees. The folded plate roof structure, reminiscent of the residential roofs of the neighborhood, is separated from the masonry base with a band of glass giving the roof a “suspended” quality.  Looking up at the library, one will see the wood decking of the roof structure which glows at night, giving the library a “tree house” feel.

The library is an open, flexible space where collections are defined by roof forms and some low walls. This is a LEED Silver facility.