University of Calgary Taylor Family Library with Cambridge Architectural Mesh

Library Design: It’s an Open Book with Metal Mesh

Over the years, university libraries have been one of the most popular building categories using Cambridge Architectural metal mesh. Whether it’s new construction or a renovation of a classic structure, libraries are frequently high profile projects and the cornerstone of many college campuses. Woven metal fabric can serve a dual purpose to create a spectacular library design.

In some cases, our mesh has been applied to the facades to create a high tech appearance as the function of libraries transitions from books in stacks to digital archives. The University of Calgary Taylor Family Library is a great example. The stainless fabric delivers a beautiful and ultra-modern dimension to the project while shading what is essentially a glass box. Glare into the Information Commons is sufficiently reduced and the archives within are protected from this unique library design.

University of Calgary Library with Cambridge Architectural MeshAt other times, mesh modernizes an existing building while maintaining its quintessential appeal.

The UMass Dartmouth Claire T. Carney Library was originally designed in the early 1970s by renowned architect Paul Rudolph. In more recent years, architects have been charged with reinterpreting the significant Brutalist work that features large tiered concrete cantilevers. The new application of Cambridge Architectural stainless steel curtains and sun shading fins drew inspiration from Rudolph’s original interior mesh curtains while shading multiple areas of the project.

Claire T. Carney Library with Cambridge Architectural Mesh

The Langston Hughes Memorial Library at historic Lincoln University in southeastern Pennsylvania is another favorite remodeling project. The building, which features an extensive collection of materials representing all aspects of the Black experience, was completely remodeled to include a large glass curtain facade. Our vertical fins sufficiently shade the modernized interior space while maintaining open views in this library design.

Langston Hughes Library with Cambridge Architectural Mesh

To see if metal mesh is a fit for your next library or academic building, request a consultation with a member of our team by calling 410-228-3000 or emailing sales@cambridgearchitectural.com

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