The McAllen Main Library was the recipient of the 2012 Library Interior Design Awards. To see pictures and read more about it, click here!
Thursday, July 12, 2012
Old Wal-Mart Turned into New Library
The country’s largest single-story library can now be found in McAllen, Texas. This town really knows how to recycle and reuse—they turned a 124,500 sq. ft. Wal-Mart into a public library. That is roughly the size of 2 ½ football fields! How did they turn such an enormous, vast, awkward space into use as a place that fosters creativity and knowledge? They used basic elements of design. By painting the whole interior one color—white, readers don’t feel like they are in a warehouse. Designers also sectioned off the library with specific colors, giving the wide space organization and structure.