Cambridge Public Library
Cambridge, MA

The Library includes a striking new glass building of 76,700 square feet joined to the restored 27,200 square foot landmark, designed in 1887 by Van Brunt & Howe and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The building has capacity for over 275,000 books, 90 computer stations, reservable meeting rooms and a 220 seat auditorium. The project includes an underground parking garage with a 33,000 sf green roof and the restored Joan Lorentz Park. Opened in 2009. LEED Silver Certified. The Associate Architect is Ann Beha Architects.

A commitment to sustainability, the building’s main facade is a double-skin curtainwall. It is the first US example that incorporates all key ingredients of advanced European Double-Skin Curtainwall technology:

· 3’-0” Deep Airspace
· Multi-story Thermal Flue
· Movable 1’-0” Deep Sunshades

2015 AIA Architecture Honor Award
2012 Congress for the New Urbanism Charter Award
2012 USGBC Innovation in Green Design Award: Product and Technology
2011 Urban Land Institute Award of Excellence Finalist
2011 AGC of Massachusetts Build New England Honor Award
2011 BSA Building Enclosure Design Award
2011 BSA Sustainable Design Honor Award
2011 IES of Boston Illumination Award
2011 Metal Architecture Magazine Sustainable Design Award
2010 Boston Herald “One of the 10 Best Boston-Area Buildings of the Decade”
2010 BSA Harleston Parker Medal - Most Beautiful Building in Boston
2010 BSA Design Excellence Honor Award
2010 BSA Interior Design/Interior Architecture Award
2010 AIA New England Chapter Design Excellence Honor Award
2010 AIA New Hampshire Excellence in Sustainability and Integrated Design/Integrated Development Award
2010 ARCHITECT Magazine Annual Design Review Bond Award (Nov. 2010 Issue)
2010 Cambridge Historical Commission Special Recognition Preservation Award
2010 Massachusetts Historical Commission Preservation Award
2010 Sustainable Building Industry Council Citation Award for Innovative Envelope System, Beyond Green High-Performance Building
2010 American Libraries Magazine Library Design Showcase
2010 Associated General Contractors of America & Aon Construction Build America Award
Photography: © Robert Benson; © Chuck Choi