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Courtesy of Middlebury College
Davis Family Library, Middlebury College, VT
New York–based Gwathmey Siegel Kaufman & Associates Architects strategically chose a wide (rather than vertical) design to help this 143,000-square-foot, LEED-certified library blend into the pastoral surroundings. Opened in 2004, the library even brings the outside in, using wood harvested from Middlebury’s Bread Loaf campus forest in nearby Ripton for most of the stacks, carrels, and reading tables. Linoleum, rather than plastic or vinyl, was used for counter and carrel surfaces, and the carpet is made entirely of recycled fibers.