Amy Van Andel Library
ClientKent District Library and Ada Township
Scale26,000 square feet
The idea for the Amy Van Andel Library originated from the township’s “Envision Ada” project. Envision Ada was a master plan to fully redevelop the Village’s downtown area. During that process, it was noted that the town lacked civic space and needed a central “hub” for community life. The new library was designed to fulfill that need.
While it certainly features many components of a traditional library, the two-story Amy Van Andel Library was designed around the idea of the “Library of the Future.” In this aspect, the library expands its capabilities and offering to include a podcast room, tutoring spaces, computers, small study rooms, conference spaces, and a variety of flexible multi-purpose rooms. A courtyard sits in the middle of the building which gives visitors an outdoor venue to sit, relax, read, and meet-up with others.
The library features collection space for adults, young adults, and children; meeting and gathering space for community events, as well as administrative branch offices for the Kent District Library (KDL) staff.
Some of the design choices include large windows throughout, colorful and flexible furniture, build-in benches, and a variety of wood and glass finishes. The open staircase provides connection between the two floors while acting as the building’s main architectural feature. It is not only functional, but a beautiful and state-of-the-art facility that will serve the Village of Ada.