SJCPL – German Township Branch Library


South Bend, Indiana


15,100 sf

Completed Date

May 2009

Nestled in a tranquil setting, the new library exterior emulates a whimsical cottage in the woods.  Natural stone materials and interesting exterior expressions create a unique, contextual image that complements the existing woodland setting.  These features also serve to highlight interior functions. Furniture and library services are arranged to create an intuitive learning environment. Large, dramatic windows bring in natural light and capture the beautiful views of the property.  Turrets allow natural light to reach deep into the interior and create distinctive spaces for patrons.  The site was designed to transition from the adjacent commercial setting to the more natural surroundings of the library.  Patrons enjoy beautiful woodland landscape as they move toward the building entrance.  A secure courtyard garden provides an opportunity for patrons to enjoy the outdoor environment.


· Woodland cottage exterior & detailing

· Natural lighting deep into the interior

· Unique reading/study areas

· Two flexible meeting rooms with a shared kitchen

· Outdoor program spaces

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