Carrick Library

Pittsburgh

CLIENT: Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
GSF: 9000sf
EXPECTED COMPLETION: 2019
PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS: Passive House Library
DESIGN PARTNER: Thoughtful Balance

This two-story library building in Pittsburgh’s Carrick neighborhood will replace the existing, outdated 1-story Carrick Branch of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. Designed to the Passive House building standard, the new 9000sf structure will feature superior indoor air quality and thermal comfort as well as generous natural light. The library’s design is the product of a participatory community process that guided the team in creating two design scheme options for the client.

The library’s vertical expansion will both enhance the streetscape along Pittsburgh’s Brownville Road and allow the Carrick Branch to gain more visibility as the valued civic resource that it is. The street-facing façade will make judicious use of glazing to balance daylighting with thermal performance while establishing a strong and welcoming connection between street and library interior.