Coconut Grove Library
The Coconut Grove Branch of Miami-Dade County’s library system is a public facility that is both culturally and historically important to the Coconut Grove neighborhood of Miami. The original small library building dating to the early 1900’s was expanded in 1963 with a tropical vernacular building. This split-level building had not been updated for accessibility since. Zyscovich has completed a program confirmation/feasibility study for accessibility compliance and expansion. This study was accomplished simultaneously with the schematic design phase. The accessibility compliance included the reconfiguration of ramps and steps, the addition of an elevator inside the existing building, and the expansion of bathrooms. The necessary expansion of floor space was accomplished primarily under the existing main roof, by partially enclosing the perimeter veranda, yet without losing the visual effect of the wrap-around overhang. This creative approach allowed valuable floor space to be gained, while improving both building maintenance and security. A simple new entry lobby was required (glass element with signage in the rendering). This transparent, inviting volume ties the two existing buildings together with the entry plaza – and inside provides needed reception space while connecting the split levels.