FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP PUBLIC LIBRARY
ADDITION & INTERIOR RENOVATION
SOMERSET, NEW JERSEY
Franklin is a contemporary design which hugs the farmland with stocky brick columns and overhangs and then soars at the center into a vaulted atrium laced with cables, brackets and open web steel joists. The interior is a metaphor for intellectual flight and everything about it is uplifting including the amount of natural light that streams into the interior. Visitors are immediately impressed with the brightness of the interior and design which pulls patrons in and then rewards them with choices; choice of terrain (multi-leveled children’s' room), choice of location (several glass enclosed quiet study and meeting rooms), and choice of views (a stepped exterior which increases the amount of window wall and outside vistas).