There is a dichotomy inherent in library design today. As core institutions of communities and schools, they demand - as they traditionally have - an appropriate civic presence and sense of permanence. At the same time, however, they must be flexible and able to evolve with rapidly changing technology and media as well as the changing expectations of library users. Reduced funding and tight operating budgets add to the challenge of resolving this dichotomy.
glaserworks relies not on style, but rather on the thoughtful manipulation of scale, massing, light and materials to achieve timeless designs built to endure and express the needs and aspirations of our clients. Less tangible, but no less important to a building's presence and perception, is how one experiences that building. We strive to create welcoming environments that are comfortable and efficient for both patrons and staff.
All buildings should be environmentally responsible. As prominent institutions, libraries have a particular responsibility. Sustainability has long been an integral part of glaserworks' designs. It helps lower operating and maintenance costs for owners while contributing to the good of the larger community.
Library design is a collaborative process between many, sometimes conflicting interests: boards of directors, funding agencies, staff, patrons, neighbors, government agencies and review boards. glaserworks is adept at and enjoys building consensus. It is part of our responsibility to satisfy clients and communities and ultimately leads to better buildings.