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New Berlin Public Library Entrance And Exterior
Location:
New Berlin, WI
Scope:
Provided architectural design services for a new 55,000 sq. ft. library
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Studio:

New Berlin Library

New Berlin, WI

New Berlin approached PRA with a need for a of a warm and welcoming community space that would serve a diverse set of users in the surrounding area. To meet this challenge, we designed a new 50,000 sq. ft. library that features a variety of spaces that serves multiple community needs.

On the edge of a large natural area, this project is designed to look as though it “belongs on the prairie.” The focal point of the prairie-style building is the two story atrium space. This space serves to orient visitors to the variety of functions within the building and features warm-toned slate floors and extensive maple and oak millwork. Other notable design items include a community meeting room for 150, a friends store, patron access to afterhours materials lockers, a drive-up service window, children’s programming area, a business resource area, a computer lab, a local history room, and quiet reading areas.

Special attention was paid to integrated storage and efficient distribution of collections. Technology has been integrated into the building design to support wireless telephones, wireless networking, patron self-checkout, campus-wide door controls and video cameras, and support for high-bandwidth multi-media communication. This library is the first mid-west installation of a sophisticated automated RFID materials check-in and sorting system.

New Berlin Public Library Children's Area

The children's library takes the prairie style geome...

The children's library takes the prairie style geometry and color palette and interprets it in a more playful manner

New Berlin Public Library Children's Area

New Berlin Public Library Teen Area

The teen area features a variety and seating and an abund...

The teen area features a variety and seating and an abundance of natural sunlight

New Berlin Public Library Teen Area

New Berlin Public Library Reading Area

The quiet reading area focuses on a fireplace made of the...

The quiet reading area focuses on a fireplace made of the building's brick and stone and is complimented by built-in bookcases of oak

New Berlin Library Reading Area

New Berlin Public Library Reading Area

A variety of reading areas were design that feature loung...

A variety of reading areas were design that feature lounge seating and custom made bookshelves

New Berlin Public Library Reading Area

New Berlin Public Library Computer Station

The computer station is an additional resource provided b...

The computer station is an additional resource provided by the library to assist with research and book locating

New Berlin Public Library Computer Station

New Berlin Public Library Conference Room

The boardroom enjoys panoramic views including into the e...

The boardroom enjoys panoramic views including into the entry atrium. A custom table, prairie style lights, and famous literary quotes complete this dramatic space

New Berlin Library Conference Room

New Berlin Public Library Exterior and Entrance

The new 50,000 square foot library features a prairie sty...

The new 50,000 square foot library features a prairie style design and a warm palette of natural materials, including brick, stone and metal

New Berlin Public Library Exterior and Entrance

New Berlin Public Library Lobby

The two-story lobby helps orient visitors

The two-story lobby helps orient visitors

New Berlin Library Lobby