The new Central Library in Minneapolis fills a downtown city block, its five-story mass made welcoming by a glass exterior and a six-story, light-filled atrium that cuts through its center. Kirkegaard influenced the shape and finishes of the atrium to control the buildup of sound, and made recommendations for the stacks, meeting rooms, and other public spaces to control background noise and improve speech clarity. Particular attention was paid to a 235-seat auditorium with full audio and video presentation capabilities. The auditorium has become a favorite site for public hearings and community events.
Project Details
Audiovisual Systems Design
Mechanical Noise Control
Room Acoustics Design
Sound Isolation
Architectural Alliance, Architect of Record, Minneapolis, MN
Pelli Clarke Pelli, Design Architect, New Haven, CT
353,000 gsf
243-seat auditorium
2007 - International Illumination Design Award of Merit 2007 - Illuminating Engineering Society NY Section Lumen Citation