ST. LOUIS COUNTY LIBRARY GRAND GLAIZE BRANCH
Bond Architects served as the architect of record and design architect for Grand Glaize Branch, part of the Phase 2B - Part 2 projects for the St. Louis County Library (SLCL) Master Plan. Grand Glaize was extensively renovated and expanded to accommodate additional amenities and a dedicated Children’s Area.
At Grand Glaize, the use of walnut lumber adds a warm and inviting palette for patrons. The 5,500 SF addition features a glazed curtain wall “portal” of windows, increasing the Branch’s visibility from Highway 141 and acting as a “beacon of light” showcasing unique lighting features at night. The curtain wall transformed the branch to be a visible and iconic landmark, showcasing a vibrant Children’s Area buzzing with activity as well as an enlarged meeting room.
The new children’s area is brightly decorated in shades of red and orange and includes kid-friendly furniture, interactive learning stations and several reading nooks. The teen space features a textured wall mural, fun furniture and computers. The renovated branch includes a computer lab, where patrons can take free classes on a variety of technology related topics. Other highlights include two updated community meeting rooms, a business center with fax, copy and scanning machines; a café area with tables, a laptop bar and vending machines; a quiet reading area; and three private study rooms.