Slideshow: New Central Austin Library Design
These are renderings of the design for the new Austin Central Library, a six-story, 170,000-square-foot building that will be built adjacent to the Seaholm redevelopment. The library will be situated just down the street from City Hall, at the end of the Shoal Creek Trail, facing Town Lake. Architects and library officials are calling it a “Library for the Future.”
Although groundbreaking for the project isn’t scheduled until Fall 2013, last night’s approval marks the end of the design development phase for architecture firms Lake Flato from San Antonio and Shepley Bulfinch out of Boston. The design combines Lake Flato’s ability to blend a building with its environment and Shepley Bulfinch’s expertise in library design. Goals include making the library a meeting place that reflects the spirit and environment of Austin and finding a way to showcase technology in a changing world.
The library will include amenities like a children's reading porch, a cafe, a bike garage, a 350-seat auditorium and a roof garden.
Read the complete story on the library, designed as a "living room for all of Austin."