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Gloucester County Library,

Gloucester, Virginia

Ionic DeZign Studio’s goal was to make the new public library a reflection of the community it serves. Upon entering the facility, the circular information desk greets each visitor. The desk is suggestive of a modern-day rotunda, bursting with color and light. The radiant circulation path and bold colors divide the 24,000-square-foot library into zones of education and learning. A tilted colonnade runs along each wall and extends down the corridors that lead to the interior of the library. Colorful walls, carpets and cabinetry are used throughout the space to generate excitement. A curved screen wrapping around the rear of the building serves as a canvas-like housing of the culture and history of Gloucester. The children’s library appears to emerge from an inviting forest. Stately columns representing the noble structure of the community’s historic architecture support the curved entablature. On the far end, several wooden partitions divide the glass panels to look like large barn doors that open to the pages of history contained within the Virginia Room. This unique public space has a glass net capped by a "scaled" element that is influenced by the local fishing trade. The existing columns spring up like daffodils and have been dressed with decorative glass fixtures that distribute a unique pattern of light across the ceiling. Throughout the library, visitors experience many references to and symbols of the community of Gloucester and its delightful citizens. The facility provides a voyage of discovery while traveling on the road of reading and knowledge.