Phoenix Central Library
The Burton Barr Central Library (Phoenix Central Library) has quickly become a point in the community's pride while serving as an exciting background to the region's library and information needs. It is a regular tour stop for visitors as well as architects and scholars from around the world. This architectural masterpiece works with the beautiful desert setting, and is designed to display the natural beauty of the West. The top of the library has a great public reading room, reminiscent of older libraries, with the entire non-fiction collection. The design is a mix of futuristic aspects combined with a respect for historical detail. The studio of William Bruder has gained professional expertise in the field through the development of building programs, site and building feasibility analyses, creation of community interaction workshops, owner and design team case study tours, and full implementation of all architectural and interior design services for more than a dozen library projects. This volume explores the design of this building and reveals the expertise of the architects.
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