Multnomah County Library
Completed in 2004
The Hillsdale Branch Library is one of four new branch libraries that Hacker designed for Multnomah County. Located on the edge of the commercial center for a residential community, the library’s cedar shell reflects the nearby wooden houses and clerestory windows banding the top transform the building into a nighttime beacon. The main staircase leads from the corner entrance to the reading room above, where colored glass panels lining the wall provide beautiful light patterns throughout the building. The reading room is defined by alternating glass and wood walls, framing views out to the valley while forming bookcases to the interior. The building’s sustainable design elements include natural daylighting, the use of materials with recycled content, native vegetation with no installed irrigation and bioswales for stormwater management.