Today I visited the brand new Winter Park Library. The library is in Orange County, Florida, in the center of charming Winter Park, a town located adjacent to central Orlando, and basically in my backyard.
I found that the new space lived up to it’s description on the WPL’s website:
A 21st century, world-class campus designed by renowned architect Sir David Adjaye, partnering with local firm Hunton Brady, and located in a new location…You’ll find more spaces and improved places that give residents access to the things that transform lives and promote literacy, creativity, school and career readiness, inspiration, culture, and community engagement.
A park borders one side of the building, a lake of course – this is Orange County! – on the other and these elements are tied together with new cement walkways and a small ampitheater that are already popular with children and walkers.
I was impressed by the variety of study and work spaces tucked into the library, as if it was an academic one, alongside the friendliness of the youth library on the top floor.
The sister building, a new event space, will open in January. I can’t wait to see what it has in store.