Mecanoo and Beyer Blinder Belle are pleased to announce that they have been named as a winner in this year’s ALA/IIDA Library Interior Design Awards for Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library - over 30,000 sq. ft. category. This biennial competition honours excellence in library interior design and promotes examples of extraordinary design reflected through innovative concepts in nine categories.
‘‘Libraries are one of the most challenging and remarkable projects that designers can take on as they need to create a shared, multi-use space that continually inspires and facilitates learning for a community,’’ said IIDA Executive Vice President and CEO, Cheryl S. Durst, Hon. FIIDA. ‘‘These winning projects connected equitable use and created strong community connections. Thanks to such significant work, the future of library design can serve as thought-provoking inspiration for other segments of the built environment.’’
Entries were reviewed by a committee of interior design and library professionals: Garvey Library Consulting Founder and Principal, Toni Garvey, IIDA; Collins Cooper Carusi Architects Principal, Fiona Grandowski, IIDA, AIA; and Hollis + Miller Architects Associate Interior Designer, Hillary L'Ecuyer, IIDA.
"We were highly impressed with the versatility of design submissions received this year,’’ said Grandowski on behalf of the jury. ‘‘It's gratifying to recognize these deserving companies and projects that are pushing the boundaries of library design and encouraging a sense of community like never before."
Winners and their clients will be honored at the ALA Conference in Washington D.C., June 23-28, 2022. There will be a special winner’s celebration on June 26.