Vashon Island Library


Vashon Island residents were intimately involved with ideas to help transform the cramped and dark existing King County Library building into a bright, spacious and comfortable place to meet fellow islanders or relax with a good book or magazine. The result added 3,400 square feet of space below a planted green roof and opened several walls of the existing 6,200 square-foot library. Sky lit monitors were added to the existing roof to highlight the wood trusses that virtually disappeared in the original design. The exposed wood-framed low roofs complement the existing trusses and are enhanced by hanging art mobiles. The new exterior walls are predominately glass and provide expansive views of the adjacent park and allow the library to become a beacon at night for the main island highway. The use of the renovated Vashon Branch has significantly increased, and it has become a great source of pride for the island community. This project received a Civic Design Merit Award from the AIA Washington Council in 2017.

Photo credit: Ben Benschneider