Yesterday, a friend and I went to Vancouver, WA (just on the other side of the border from Portland, OR) for a little architectural field trip. Our first stop was the new Vancouver Regional Library, designed by Miller Hull, which opened just a week or so ago.
The library was really beautiful, and here are some first impressions:
2. Noisy! You can hear the kids floor from pretty much everywhere in the building. Kids love to scream. None of the patrons seemed particularly bothered, though, and I found the noise kind of soothing.
3. South-glazing out the wazoo. I’m guessing the trees to the south are some sort of extra-terrestrial species that grows to five floors within 6 months.