Madison Central Library

To longtime Madison residents, the Central Library is no longer recognizable. That’s a good thing; the building ditched its deep setback and tiny windows for large picture panes and a street-edge presence. A 25,000-square-foot addition, not to mention a new green roof, tops the original 95,000-square-foot building, and a new glass atrium makes activity visible from both inside and out. Putting a spin on sustainable design, the LEED Gold library offers a makers’ lab that supports hands-on, tech-based tinkering and production. These bright spaces are equipped with everything from cutting-edge digital tools to screen-printing stations and programmed with DIY educational sessions taught by local artists and creatives.

A third-floor addition is flooded with natural light.

A third-floor addition is flooded with natural light.

Die-cut movable wood panels can close off portions of the library.

Die-cut movable wood panels can close off portions of the library.

Colorful reading nooks provide private space in the children’s area.

Colorful reading nooks provide private space in the children’s area.

Work- and lounge-like spaces facilitate a variety of guest needs.

Work- and lounge-like spaces facilitate a variety of guest needs.

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