The new Hollywood Branch Library is located on a heavily wooded site in a predominantly residential neighborhood environment. The site faces south directly onto a major east/west thoroughfare. It abuts single-family residential property to the north and west, as well as an office park and parking to the east. We designed a 20,000 sf, single story, public building which can successfully “bridge” the gap between its two neighbors. The building is place along the longitudinal north-south axis of the site, and strategically located to preserve the greatest number of large trees possible. The two primary public spaces in the building, adult and youth services reading rooms, have been positioned to deliver the greatest possible visual access to the surrounding landscaped environment.
The Broward Chapter of the American Institute of Architects awarded the Hollywood Branch Library with the Unbuilt Institutional Project Award in 2000.