Ballard Library and Neighborhood Service Center

Seattle Public Library, Seattle, Washington

The Ballard Library and Neighborhood Service Center draws on this established Seattle neighborhood's Scandinavian and maritime roots, while focusing on its future as a popular community composed of a younger, more diverse population.

The building presents a powerful civic face along a pedestrian corridor. Its main entry is pulled back from the street to make a deep front porch, where exterior site furnishings are grouped to encourage human interaction and reinforce the civic nature of this sheltered space.

Individually metered, photovoltaic glass panels shade the Neighborhood Service Center lobby, demonstrating the effectiveness of photovoltaic technology in a Pacific Northwest environment.

The project effectively illustrates that green building is feasible within a modest budget, and offers the Ballard community an ideal example of the benefits to be realized when sustainable design and extraordinary architecture come together.


2009 Green GOOD DESIGN
The European Center for Architecture and The Chicago Athenaeum
2009 Beyond Green Award
Sustainable Buildings Industry Council
2008 Award for Excellence in Place Design
Environmental Design Research Association and Metropolis Magazine
2008 Special Award
Wood Design Awards
2007 Design Award
AIA/ALA Library Design Awards
2007 Merit Award for Design
AIA Northwest and Pacific Region
2006 Top Ten Green Projects
American Institute of Architects, Committee on the Environment
2006 National Honor Award for Design
American Institute of Architects
2006 Commendation
AIA Seattle
2006 Green Roof Award of Excellence, Extensive Institutional Category
Green Roofs for Healthy Cities
2005 Honor Award for Civic Design
AIA Washington Council
2003 Commendation for Design Excellence and Innovation
Seattle Design Commission
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External: 2006 AIA Honor Awards Press Release
External: Seattle Post-Intelligencer, "On Architecture," Tuesday, October 25, 2005
External: AIA COTE Selects Top Ten Green Buildings for 2006
External: AIA/COTE Top Ten Green Projects 2006
News: Ballard Library is a 2006 Top Ten Green Building
News: Ballard Library Receives 2008 EDRA/Places Award
News: Four Buildings by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson Win Green GOOD DESIGN Awards
News: The Ballard Library wins AIA/ALA Library Building Award