Carrick Library

Client: Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
GSF: 9,000 SF
Expected Completion: 2019
Location: Pittsburgh, PA

Design Partner

Thoughtful Balance

Energy Performance

Passive House

(PHI Passive House Classic Anticipated)

Project Highlights

Passive House Library (1st to be certified in North America)


72/100 "Very Walkable"


This two-story library building in Pittsburgh’s Carrick neighborhood replaces the existing, outdated 1-story Carrick Branch of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.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 both enhances the streetscape along Pittsburgh’s Brownville Road and allows the Carrick Branch to gain more visibility as the valued civic resource that it is. The street-facing façade makes judicious use of glazing to balance daylighting with thermal performance while establishing a strong and welcoming connection between street and library interior.