Winter Park Library and Events Center

Winter Park Library and Events Center

Architect
Adjaye Associates

HuntonBrady Architects
Location
1050 W Morse Blvd, Winter Park, FL, USA | View Map
Project Year
2021
Category
Libraries

Cultural Centres
Stories By
Adjaye Associates

Entro
Dror Baldinger

21st century prototype of a multi-purpose knowledge campus

Adjaye Associates as Design Architect

Sited on the Northwest corner of Martin Luther King, Jr. Park, this new civic and cultural hub embodies the values of the park’s namesake and is envisioned as a space for community empowerment and edification.

As part of an extensive revitalization of the park, the new hub is in harmony with the unique tropical ecology of the site and is conceived as a micro-village of three pavilions, each of different scale and function but which share a common formal language. The village is comprised of a new two-story library, an event center with rooftop terrace, as well as a new welcome portico that ushers users from the street and unifies the three structures.

photo_credit Chad Baumer
Chad Baumer

Guided by biophilic design principles, all three pavilions--composed of rose-pigmented concrete-- rest on a raised belvedere that provides idyllic views onto Lake Mendsen , increasing connectivity to the park’s wellness offerings and supporting a new network of exterior green community spaces that run between the three structures.

photo_credit Dror Baldinger
Dror Baldinger

“It’s been humbling and inspiring to work together with the City of Winter Park and the many local champions of this project to realize this 21st century prototype of a multi-purpose knowledge campus in the public realm. As a centerpiece of the revitalized MLK Jr. Park, the new campus is designed as a robust space for community gathering, edification and empowerment.”
- David Adjaye

photo_credit Dror Baldinger
Dror Baldinger

Arches, inspired both by local fauna and the region’s vernacular architecture, establish the form of the pavilions, with vaulted rooflines and sweeping windows creating a porous relationship between interior and exterior, drawing natural light deep into the buildings. The diverse program includes flexible floor plates for both the library and events center, encouraging cross-pollination and maximizing adaptability for each.

photo_credit Chad Baumer
Chad Baumer

The library’s open plan supports collection spaces accessible to all ages and abilities, interactive youth and children areas, an indoor auditorium, maker-spaces and technology portals, an entrepreneurship center, and continuing education spaces, extending the means by which the entire community can interact, learn, and gather. These open spaces are framed by four timber-lined cores that contain Winter Park’s historical and archival collection spaces, support zones, and private reading rooms.

photo_credit Dror Baldinger
Dror Baldinger

The events center features a flexible auditorium space and a rooftop terrace that offers expansive views of the lakeside park setting. Creating parity between the civic library space and the commercially focused event center, both buildings feature a signature sculptural stair.

photo_credit Dror Baldinger
Dror Baldinger

As an ensemble, the Winter Park Library & Events Center comes together as a space of social gathering, intellectual nourishment, and enhanced connection to its natural tropical context.

photo_credit Chad Baumer
Chad Baumer

Stormwater Irrigation
Stormwater management is centralized below the parking lot structure. Stormwater percolates through the porous parking structure to a subbase of granite and eventually collects in the adjacent Lake Mendsen after the surge. As part of the irrigation system, the water is then reused to hydrate the lush, natural landscape surrounding the library.

Solar Panel Energy Production
Solar panel modules installed with a total of 25.1 KW capacity.
Annual production is estimated to be 37,865 KWH.

Locally Sourced Materials
• All exterior materials are registered in Florida
• Pre-cast façade material within 25 miles of the site
• All vegetation is native and regionally sourced
• All interior materials are nationally sourced

photo_credit Dror Baldinger
Dror Baldinger

Passive Design Strategies
• Building overhangs provide direct shading especially with south facing glass.
• Curved exterior walls provide wings to help shade the glass along the corners.
• Angled glass provides lower angles of solar incidence that allow more reflection of direct sunlight thereby reducing the solar heat and gain, while providing natural light.
• Continuous exterior insulation on the precast concrete reduces direct energy loss through the exterior.
• High thermal mass structure provides means to absorb heat and humidity thereby reducing peak loads and allowing space temperature and humidity to be more consistent.
• Orchestrated orientation of the three structures work off of each other to create moments of shade to programs of each. Events Center provides shade for Library events in the morning, Library provides shade for the Events Center in the late afternoon.

The orientation of the three structures is based off of the solar path enabling the Events Center to provide shade to the Library for morning programming while the Library provides shade to the
Events Center for late afternoon activity. The orientation of the two buildings also provides a shaded micro climate between the Library and Events Center further connecting the public space of the campus.

Caption
Caption
Caption

 

Winter Park Library & Events Center

Entro as Branding & Placemaking

The new Library & Events Center in Winter Park, Florida, will be a ‘micro-village’ full of social spaces and an epicenter for placemaking. Entro crafted a meaningful place brand and visual identity that contributes to the character of the place and engages the community.

photo_credit Adjaye Associates
Adjaye Associates

The graphics were primarily inspired by the Library & Events Center’s distinctive architectural design, by world-renowned architect, Sir David Adjaye. The logo’s two angled shapes reflect how the buildings lean into each other, framing the view visitors experience when they arrive at the site.

photo_credit Adjaye Associates
Adjaye Associates

The brand work, like the architecture, invites further dialogue with the environment and an appreciation of the surrounding area. There is much to draw from in Winter Park, a community known for its abundant outdoor spaces and rich heritage.

photo_credit Adjaye Associates
Adjaye Associates

These influences are seen as much in the architecture as they are in the graphic language Entro elaborated for the brand. The playful linework evokes these and other relevant themes: rays of Florida sun, the fronds of a palm, the pages of a book, stage curtains, and spotlights, giving subtle cues about the center’s usage and happenings in addition to its locale. Bold colors, adopted from the architectural palette, take their cue from the region’s lush vegetation.

photo_credit Adjaye Associates
Adjaye Associates

The simplicity of the visual identity, along with its distinctive angles, colors, and forms, lend themselves to creative adaptation. All was designed as such to allow for a rich visual language in keeping with the brand across all touchpoints: banners, posters, brochures, clothing, social media, and signage.

photo_credit Adjaye Associates
Adjaye Associates

Our goal was to create an identity that helps the Winter Park Library & Events Center to welcome and engage all in this vibrant community village. For more information, visit the City of Winter Park and Adjaye Associates.

Project Credits
Branding & Placemaking
Design Architect
General Contractor
Architect of Record
Civil Engineer & Landscape Architect
Signage Consultant
Products used in this project
Product Spec Sheet

ElementBrandProduct name
Branding & PlacemakingEntro
Product Spec Sheet
Branding & Placemaking
Featured Projects
Latest Products
News
Under the Willow Tree by Objekt Architechten provides residents an ecologically-minded house in a beautiful green setting
14 May 2022 News
Under the Willow Tree by Objekt Architechten provides residents an ecologically-minded house in a beautiful green setting

In the middle of the countryside at the highest point of the village of Ninove, Belgium, an existing... More

Park Associati’s Luxottica Digital Factory project reinterprets and revitalizes an existing industrial building in Milan
14 May 2022 News
Park Associati’s Luxottica Digital Factory project reinterprets and revitalizes an existing industrial building in Milan

In Milan, Park Associati’s Luxottica Digital Factory project reinterprets an existing industri... More

Luconi architetti mix modern elements with traditional Alpine architecture
14 May 2022 News
Luconi architetti mix modern elements with traditional Alpine architecture

Located in the Alpine region of Madesimo, Italy, Baita MV by Luconi architetti comprises an extensio... More

OMA inverts theater typology by plugging three cantilevered theaters into a central cube
13 May 2022 News
OMA inverts theater typology by plugging three cantilevered theaters into a central cube

Rem Koolhaas sees the Taipei Performing Arts Center as close as they have ever been to defining a ne... More

Material and structural capacity of concrete defines the design of Casa de Alisa
12 May 2022 News
Material and structural capacity of concrete defines the design of Casa de Alisa

In Nonthaburi, Thailand, Casa de Alisa by Stu/D/O Architects is defined by the material and structur... More

Sakinaw Lake House celebrates the beauty of Canada’s Sunshine Coast
12 May 2022 News
Sakinaw Lake House celebrates the beauty of Canada’s Sunshine Coast

Located on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia, Sakinaw Lake House by WOVEN Architecture and Desi... More

David Chipperfield complete renovation of Venice’s Procuratie Vecchie on the Piazza San Marco
12 May 2022 News
David Chipperfield complete renovation of Venice’s Procuratie Vecchie on the Piazza San Marco

In 2017, David Chipperfield’s Milan studio won the commision for the renovation of the Procura... More

A dynamic new bus stop for Santiago de Compostela serves as both a building and viewpoint
11 May 2022 News
A dynamic new bus stop for Santiago de Compostela serves as both a building and viewpoint

This new bus station in Santiago de Compostela sees the concept of building merge with that of a vie... More