Cobb County Public Library System, North Cobb Regional Library

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When the Cobb County Public Library System decided to replace its branch libraries in two neighboring communities with one new 25,000 SF regional library, it faced the challenge of creating a single shared vision between them. McMillan Pazdan Smith presented a concept that instead looked to the nearby Kennesaw Mountain State Park as a source of inspiration for the form and design of the building as well as a unifying element for community members.

While alluding to the natural formation of two stone peaks in the distance, the repeated sloping roof forms arranged in a radial plan, also recall the appearance of an opened book. The building is situated to take advantage of its location at a main intersection, creating a highly visible civic landmark for the growing area located between the two towns. The soaring spaces inside create a dynamic, open, and modern feel that is striking viewed through the long, tall curtain-wall windows designed to allow abundant north light to flood the building. A large community meeting room and lobby also serves as a gallery for local artists or prefunction space for community events or meetings.