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Burton Barr Central Library

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Will Bruder + Partners
location Arizona, Phoenix
function library
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The Burton Barr Central Library in Phoenix has quickly become a landmark building on the city skyline. Completed in 2004, it's situated directly above the main freeway artery into downtown. The five story structure appears much more massive due to the voluminous open space on the 5th floor, which houses the largest reading room in the country. Also unique to this level, is the roof structure, which does not touch the columns that reach towards it, but rather floats in tension above them. The overall building is orientated along the north-south axis. Huge thermal walls on the east and west sides combined with highly efficient mechanical ventilation reduces energy consumption to one third of its expected amount.

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Burton Barr Central Library
N. Central Ave 1221
United States
Project is public!
Opening hours M - Th 9am -9pm F - Sa 9am - 6pm Su noon - 6pm
How to get there? from downtown Phoenix, take Central Ave north, it will be on your right as you cross over the 10 freeway
Completion 5- 1995
Floor area/size 26000 m2
ArchitectWill Bruder + Partners
Project ID 3189
Latitude/Longitude 33°27'45N 112°04'23W
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