West Branch LibrarySomerville, Massachusetts

The Somerville West Branch Library in Somerville, Massachusetts is an exemplar of the Carnegie-era library model. Constructed in 1909, the West Branch Library is a fine example of the Classic Revival style.
designLAB architects was selected to re-imagine and re-position and recently entered public bidding for the construction on this historic branch library for the next 100 years. Working closely with the City, library staff, trustees, and with the community at large, designLAB developed a proposal for reorganizing and restoring the original character of the existing library while providing new 21st Century program offerings including cafe type work areas, enhanced children’s spaces and a new makers space. The community at large played a tremendous role in the development of the landscape and new addition to the existing library, the ‘Community Pavilion’. The pavilion will provide flexible meeting and gathering space for community programs with the opportunity for after hours use and indoor/ outdoor events. Through this effort, the project will restore and revitalize a treasured city landmark allowing it to meet the needs of its community well into the future.