Framingham Public Library
[ THE CHALLENGE ] Redesign the site and entries at the central library built in 1975 to create a more welcoming connection to city.
[THE RESPONSE] An inclined landscape provides a gradual transition from the street to the first floor five feet above it. A light steel and polycarbonate arcade create a sheltered passage and a new front face for the heavy masonry building. Along with the reading garden on the side that replaces a parking garage, they create a compelling sequence of accessible public spaces.