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Willoughby Wallace Memorial Library

Stony Creek, CT

The original Douglas Orr building, distinctive for its locally quarried Stony Creek granite façade, is a source of much community pride. The program called for modern upgrades throughout; renovating a meeting room to become an active exhibition gallery and multi-purpose space and a modest expansion. In deference to the historic building, AKV proposed a wedge-shaped addition to simply extend the arch of the original façade. Inside, the granite wall of the original building is left exposed, adding character and texture to the new community room and quiet reading spaces. Stony Creek granite artifacts—abandoned building fragments—are incorporated as playful site elements.

To enhance its visibility, an eye-catching information kiosk greet passers-by. A broad stone walkway leads patrons from the sidewalk and parking to the glassy entrance. The warm coloration of the pink granite extends into the lobby–welcoming by day, dramatic by night.  A fanciful panoramic scene of Stony Creek by resident artist Robert Reynolds further enlivens this small space.