Nooks and Crannies

Anythink Bennett

Bennett, CO

Colorado Construction Gold Hard Hat Award, Architectural Design

“When you walk into a library, anything should be possible within the limits of your imagination.” –Rangeview Library District.

This concept inspired the design of the Anythink Bennett as a place for both learning and community.  The 7,000 square foot library includes a children’s room, teen nook, adult collection, meeting space, and quiet reading area by a cozy fireplace.

Bennett, CO is a historic railroad town 30 miles east of Denver.  The tracks run through the center of town, marked by grain elevators which are visible from miles away. The library site of .8 acres sits across the street from the town’s three schools, encompassing grades K-12.

The Anythink Bennett celebrates the unique place of its community on the Colorado plains by joining together the “bustling old west” and the “little house on the prairie” with a covered south-facing porch and a western storefront entry. The flexible interior allows the library to adjust and adapt over time with spaces organized through the placement of furniture, rather than walls, to create rooms within rooms.

The library is heated and cooled by geothermal exchange wells located under the parking lot. The deep porch protects the southern façade and supports a 12-kilowatt photovoltaic array.  Solar light tubes pass through the beetle-kill pine ceiling, illuminating the interior space.

The Anythink Bennett is both a community center and place for curious minds to grow.

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