Boise Library Campus
The circulation diagram is organized by the crisscrossing of strong axial access from the south and north. The site is also accessible from the east and west, and along the Greenbelt river path, welcoming the public from all directions.
The great reading room—the showpiece and gathering space of the library—is sited protruding into the park, practically touching the giant, mature trees, which are preserved and celebrated, almost brought into the building. A great transparent glass wall, shaded to accommodate the hot summer sun, welcoming the winter sun, and enjoying a dramatic view of the river, the park and beyond contains the room to the south.
The urban room atrium, on axis, draws the public into the complex from all directions. From within that room you enter library, theater and art complexes. Yet, the theater and art complex can also be accessed directly from Capitol Boulevard. Towards the north, serving as the foyer to the entire complex, is an outdoor piazza. It provides for places of repose and relaxation, a café with an outdoor terrace, a network of mini-amphitheaters for gatherings, performances and discussion, a kind of contemporary agora. A seasonal place, yet with a micro-climate that can stretch its use many months in the year.