Get a Look at the Library
December 7, 2010 9:22 AM
Madisonians can get their first peek at the new Central Library on Tuesday evening. The library architects will be presenting their concepts for the exterior of the building and the floor plans at a public meeting at the Downtown Senior Center starting at 7pm Tuesday. It's the fourth in a series of meetings that started with broad concepts and narrowed down through an iterative process to a specific design.
There's a lot going on Tuesday night as the Department of Transportation is also running a public hearing on high speed rail at the Crowne Plaza on East Washington Avenue. But that meeting starts at 5PM, so it is possible to attend both if you're very civically inclined.
I think you're going to like what you see in the new library. It's a beautiful new building that does a lot more than just recycle the tired but sturdy existing structure. The architects did a great job of listening to the public and incorporating their ideas in a way that still maintains a strong design sense. It's a building that was designed through consensus but doesn't look like it was designed by committee.
There's still a lot of work to do as we move into design development, but after years of waiting, we are now well on our way to rebuilding our Central Library. And it will be a state of the art library with the resources, technology amenities and ambience of a building that should be the center of civic learning and ideas in a community that values education above all else.