Winter Park, Florida
Integrated into the revitalization of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Park, Winter Park Library & Events Center by David Adjaye of Adjaye Associates is a civic and cultural complex outside Orlando providing spaces for social gathering, intellectual nourishment, and enhanced connection to the natural tropical context.
For its inspired design, Winter Park Library & Events Center has recently been awarded a 2022 American Architecture Award by The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies.
Sited on the northwest corner of Martin Luther King, Jr. Park, this new civic and cultural hub embodies the values of the park’s namesake and is envisioned as a space for community empowerment and edification.
As part of an extensive revitalization of the park, the new hub is in harmony with the unique tropical ecology of the site and is conceived as a micro-village of three pavilions, each of different scale and function but which share a common formal language.
The village is comprised of a new two-story library, an event center with a rooftop terrace, as well as a new welcome portico (porte cochère) that ushers users from the street and unifies the three structures.
Guided by biophilic design principles, all three pavilions—composed of rose-pigmented concrete—rest on a raised belvedere that provides idyllic views onto Lake Mendsen, increasing connectivity to the park’s wellness offerings and supporting a new network of exterior green community spaces that run between the three buildings.
Arches, inspired both by local fauna and the region’s vernacular architecture, establish the form of the pavilions, with vaulted rooflines and sweeping windows creating a porous relationship between interior and exterior, drawing natural light deep into the buildings.
The diverse program includes flexible floorplates for both the library and event center, encouraging cross-pollination and maximizing adaptability for each.
The library’s open-plan supports collection spaces accessible to all ages and abilities, interactive youth and children areas, an indoor auditorium, makerspaces and technology portals, an entrepreneurship center, and continuing education spaces, extending the means by which the entire community can interact, learn and gather.
These open spaces are framed by four timber-lined cores that contain Winter Park’s historical and archival collection spaces, support zones, and private reading rooms.
The event center features a flexible auditorium space and a rooftop terrace that offers expansive views of the lakeside park setting.
Creating parity between the civic library space and the commercially focused event center, both buildings feature a signature sculptural stair.
As an ensemble, the Winter Park Library & Events Center comes together as a space of social gathering, intellectual nourishment, and enhanced connection to its natural tropical context.
Project: Winter Park Library & Events Center
Architects: Adjaye Associates
Lead Architect: David Adjaye
Associate Architects: Hunton Brady Architects
General Contractor: Brasfield & Gorrie LLC.
Client: City of Winter Park
Photographers: Ivane Katamashvili, Dror Baldinger, and Chad Baumer