Riviera Beach Community Library

Pasadena, MD Opening 2021
Project Highlights
  • 20,000 sf
  • New Construction
  • Flexible Meeting Rooms

Capturing the Essence.

The design concept for the new Riviera Beach Community Library ties into the local nautical context and the area’s history of a resort community at the edge of the Chesapeake Bay. These nautical references will be throughout the space in materials, scale, color and finishes with the use of ores, anchors, and wood wall textures, which alludes to a coastal type of architecture.

It’s spacious, light-filled lobby welcomes visitors into a café-like gathering space which will serve as a pre-function zone to the community meeting rooms. Continuing to the main area of the library, visitors will see a laptop area and reading zone with surfboard shaped counters to the right and the circulation desk to the left. In the main part of the library, the design is intended to be a timeless and abstract underwater theme with the main feature being the oval wood ceiling, representative of the bottom of a boat. “The boat” casts “a shadow” on the floor to draw visitors to the center of the library and through the building to a specialized teen’s area as well as an expanded children’s area.

The new library will be a replacement of an existing library on the same site, situated on the corner of Duvall Highway and Fort Smallwood Road, but will be newly sited for greater visibility and prominence as a gateway landmark to the Riviera community.