The Ann Arbor District Library’s Traverwood branch has landed a mention on WebUrbanist’s list of 14 marvelous modern libraries.
The website, which features news and information about urban design, culture, travel, architecture and alternative art, praises the “long, low and geometric” design of the library. It notes that the library’s tree trunk columns echo its wooded surroundings.
The library is in prestigious company, listed along with the Yale Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, the Parque Biblioteca Espana and the Halmstad Library, Sweden.
The library, which replaced an older branch in a strip mall, opened in 2008 and was designed to have minimal impact on the landscape. The building makes use of ash trees harvested from the site and offers dramatic natural lighting.
In 2009, the branch won the American Institute of Architects Michigan Building Design Award.