There is no doubt that the libraries around the world have been known for their architecture. Some have such stunning appearances that they leave an individual speechless. It is not the books people come to see but to the décor. Today, we take a look at two libraries in the US that are famous for their environment-friendly design that was built to foster communities.
- The Austin Central Library was designed with one factor in mind – to save as much water as possible. Being good stewards of water resources is vital in the state because it frequently faces droughts. To this end, the library incorporated in its roof a system that captures over 370,000 gallons of rainwater. This water is then filtered and supplied to water the gardens and restrooms of the library.
- In Santa Monica, California the Pico Branch Library is another example of green design. Located in Virginia Avenue Park, the library has been platinum certified by LEED. It means that it holds the highest standard of water and energy usage, making it sustainable. The library made use of the green space lying vacant in the Park to create a 9000 square foot building filled with skylights and carved roof.