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19. Maple Valley Library by Cutler Anderson Architect #105architecturalinspiration

I spend a lot of time looking at buildings to find inspiration for details, often for projects I have not even started. Through this process I discovered James Cutler Architects (now Cutler Anderson Architects). Their work is timeless, often using natural materials to create solutions harmonious with the site. The projects they have done that catch my attention most, like the Maple Valley Library in Washington State, blend into the landscape.

Many architects take the opportunity to design a library as a chance to create a sculpture like building that marks a space and time. Cutler, in the Maple Valley Library took a different approach. The building seems to fit perfectly on the site preserving the trees with materials that seem to belong where they are used.

The details in this project, as with many Cutler features on his website, are pure. I love solutions that intuitively make sense for the use, site, and time that they were created. This project is one of my favorite.

#105architecturalinspirations is a collection of architectural details, buildings, and spaces that inspire me. I am taking on the challenge of finding two projects to spotlight each week in 2015. Hopefully I will be able to keep up and this process of discovery will push me to create better design solutions for my clients as I research and learn more about those projects I enjoy most. I challenge you to add your comments below about this project and to post your own inspirations for all to enjoy. 

Full List of previous #105architecturalinspiration posts

1. Jefferson’s Academical Village

2. Charleston, South Carolina

3. Solar Decathlon

4. National Museum of the American Indian

5. Lighthouses

6. Hatch Show Prints

7. The Aqua Tower in Chicago

8. Chicago Theatre Marquee

9. Samuel Mockbee

10. Richard Meier

11. Notre Dame du Haut

12. Philip Merrill Environmental Center

13. Church of the Light

14. Magney House

15. Monticello

16. William McDonough

17. Delta Shelter