Rosa F. Keller Library & Community Center

This 10,000 sf branch library in the Broadmoor neighborhood of New Orleans was severely flooded by levee breaks during Hurricane Katrina. The FEMA replacement project incorporates the complete restoration of an original 1917 historic residence–converting it into a neighborhood community center–and the construction of a replacement library wing designed so that the two buildings can function as a single unit or independent of one another for divergent uses. A small glazed lobby provides a minimal link between the two buildings, and a transition between the architecture of old and new.

The pinwheel organizational structure defines the program and scale of the library, while the steel and glue lam beams reveal the structural underpinning of the concept. Linear carpet tiles delineate the space by changing direction at each turn of the structure overhead, reinforcing spatial and programmatic divisions, drawing the eye along the path of the structure overhead. The lower zone of the building is full of activity, with dark finishes and shelving, all animated by the books, occupants and furnishings. Dark carpet tile reinforces the connection between the floor and wall in contrast to the light and airy wood ceiling and upper wall.


New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

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Public Sector
  • Government
  • Collection

    Urban Reflections

    Products Used

    prisma tile


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