The first real step in the design and construction of the new library-events center and parking began last week when the Winter Park City Commission unanimously approved an agreement with internationally renowned Sir David Adjaye as the design architect and Orlando's HuntonBrady Architects as the architects of record for the project to be built on the northwest corner of Martin Luther King, Jr. Park.
Adjaye and his firm, Adjaye Associates, will lead the design for the new project. Adjaye was recently knighted by Queen Elizabeth II and was named among the 100 most influential people in the world for 2017 by Time magazine.
“Winter Park’s vision for this project truly embraces the continued evolution of the library in the 21st century," Adjaye said. "With a diverse program that recognizes it as a critical piece of cultural infrastructure, this will be a dynamic space for shared education, recreation and interaction. I am thrilled to be working with the city on a design that I hope can become a true beacon for its neighborhood, with resonance for the entire community.”
Adjaye Associates has received worldwide acclaim for its innovative and field-leading approach to civic and library design. Previous libraries include two pioneering neighborhood libraries in Washington D.C. and the award-winning Idea Stores in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. The firm's largest project to date, the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African-American History & Culture, opened on the National Mall in Washington D.C. in September 2016.
“We have assembled a world-class team to build a state-of-the-art library and events center for Winter Park," Winter Park Mayor Steve Leary said. "We are eager to begin working together to design this project that will serve residents and guests for generations to come.”
WPPL Executive Direcor Shawn Shaffer shares, “This is the true beginning to our next chapter. With the team’s incredible talents at work, we are confident that the new library and events center will be one of Winter Park’s premier locations for education, business support, and community collaboration.”
Pizzuti Solutions serves as Owner’s Representative and is managing the library and events center project on behalf of the City of Winter Park.