King Family Library
Building Area: 40,100 s.f.
Date of Completion: Spring 2010
Type: New Construction
Location: Sevierville, TN
Challenge: Design a new central library as a local landmark to provide expanded services.
Solution: We provided a design for a library facility that is eight times larger than the current main library. The exterior design speaks to the region as well as providing a modern interpretation of classic architecture. The first floor of the building invites the visitor into a two story lobby filled with cherry paneled walls. The first floor also provides a cafe and meeting spaces available to the community after hours. The administrative offices for the entire county library system are also housed in this facility. The second floor stacks are separated into a teen center, a children’s center and the main collections. Off of the main collections is a two story reading room which repeats the cherry paneled walls motif and is adorned with heavy-timber trusses and a stone fireplace. The third floor houses the genealogy area with a rare materials vault, a reading room, and stacks for historical information related to the area’s deep rooted past. The remainder of the third floor is shell space that has the flexibility to accommodate the needs of the library in its future growth.