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Woodstock Branch Library

Project Info

Multnomah County Library
Portland, Oregon
7,500 sf
Completed in 2000

Conceived as a light filled room for the community, the new Woodstock Library occupies a prominent commercial corner in this southeast Portland neighborhood. The goal in designing this new 7,500 sf Multnomah County branch was to create a feeling of openness and availability: an airy pavilion where the focus is on books and people. The exposed steel structure of the room’s large overhanging canopy is cantilevered out of the ground with intricate bundled columns that eliminate the need for supporting walls, allowing an unusual transparency between inside and outside.


American Institute of Steel Construction IDEAS Merit Award
AIA Northwest & Pacific Region Honor Award
Chicago Athenaeum American Architecture Award
AIA/American Library Association Award of Excellence
AIA Portland Chapter Honor Award