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Mendenhall Valley Library

Project Info

Juneau, Alaska
20,600 sf
Completed in 2015

The Mendenhall Valley Library is designed to be a center of community. It replaces the previous 9,000 sf mall location with a state of the art 20,600 sf building tailored to community needs, sensitive to the environment, and flexible for the future.

The library’s design is rooted in its location. It is a prominent, welcoming building at the entrance to Dimond Park, a complex of community buildings including Thunder Mountain High School, the Aquatic Center, Riverbend Elementary School and several ball fields. It strongly relates to its surroundings by selectively capturing pronounced views. Its form takes advantage of the large grove of spruce trees to the north of the site by carving out a secluded outdoor area that provides a natural backdrop to the main public library space. The building also optimizes daylight through its orientation and roof form.

Given the site’s proximity to the high school and elementary school, this branch is designed to serve large groups of children, teens, and school classes. Separate teen and children’s areas provide specialized, age appropriate environments that are designed to attract, captivate, and inspire.


AIA Alaska Honor Award