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55. Kansas City Public Library Parking Garage #105architecturalinspirations

55. Kansas City Public Library Parking Garage #105architecturalinspirations

The Kansas City Public Library Parking Garage has a striking south wall – books spines that measure approximately 25′ x 9′ tall. The building features 22 titles that reflect a broad range of subject matters. Designed by Dimensional Innovations and built by JE Dunn Construction, the building is known for the creative masking of a mundane structure. A similar aesthetic can be found at the Duluth Public Library, Pioneer Book Store in Provo, and a wall of books in downtown Portland.


Public Library Parking Garage - Kansas City, USA

This Las Vegas type approach to over the top facade design makes a clear statement. It is an interesting approach to convey information without traditional signage and to invite imagination. Architecture can be used to guide and direct action – this approach is direct and in your face. It just might be a way to convey a larger message to a community through the books selected. For this project their hope was to “celebrate books, reading, and the city in a joyfully direct and legible manner.”

Kansas City Parking Garage

Photo Credits:
Jim Baker

#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 – 20. First 20 architectural inspirations here21. Michael Graves 22. St. Augustine 23. Guggenheim Museum24. Ocho House25.Bjarke Ingels 26. WG Clark 27. John F. Kennedy Space Center 28.Akademie Mont-Cenis 29. Sustainability Treehouse 30. Porch Rail 31.Martin Lurther King Jr. Memorial 32. Warehouse Renvoation33.Architectural Salvage Warehouse 34. Thorncrown Chapel 35.Gabion Wall 36.Rectorat de Guyane Library  37. North Bay House 38.Old Ranch Road Barn 39.Eagle Rock Residence 40.Pratt Street Power Plant 41.United Therapeutics Field House 42. Porch House 43. Headwaters 44. Ben’s Barn 45. Kevin Mundy Memorial Bridge 46.  Thrupp + Summers House 47. Madrona Residence 48. Pixel Building 49. National Constitution Center 50. Falling Water 51. Wainwright Building 52. Merle’s Drive-In53. Green Office Building 54. Edgeland House