Middletown Library wins statewide award for architecture

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) – The Middletown Library has been recognized by the state for its architectural designs.

Louisville’s newest library received the 2022 Kentucky Merit Award from the American Institute of Architects (AIA), given by the Kentucky Society of Architects.

The 5,200-square-foot library was one of eight state-recognized architectural designs, according to the release.

“The team received little but was able to accomplish so much,” the jury said of the project. “The open plan and vaulted ceilings allow light to penetrate deep into the cavernous spaces. By juxtaposing the existing gable roof forms with curved interior vaults, a new spatial experience is created that is delightful and unexpected. The material palette sober allows the focus to be on the ethereal play of daylight, which enlivens and transforms the space.The scale is just right, and the details of furniture and accessories further elaborate on the unique geometry working harmoniously in a holistic way. he space is truly inspiring, as any library should be.

The Middletown Library on Shelbyville Road opened in November 2021. The project included a complete renovation of the existing Middletown City Government-owned building, which was funded by the Louisville Metro Government.

The design team included JRA Architects of Louisville as well as staff from the Louisville Free Public Library.

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