Grant’s View Library
St. Louis, Missouri
This 39,000 sf, two-story public library is a busy hub of activity serving broad community needs. The program includes open reading spaces for adults and children, quiet study areas that can be reserved, separate computer rooms for informal use and instruction, and active, engaging places for kids and teens.
The building was designed to be transparent and welcoming, with floor-to-ceiling windows on the north and east that take advantage of spectacular views of the neighboring park and nature preserve. The interiors respond to this outward orientation. A monumental stair anchors the space, surrounded by reading spaces that flow around the low library stacks. Quiet study rooms perch above the stair.