The Right Angle
Granby Public Library
American Institute of Architects Denver Merit Award
During a nationally reported incident in June 2004, the former Granby Public Library was destroyed along with 20 other buildings by an outraged citizen seeking revenge by driving a bulldozer into public buildings. Working closely with the Library Board, staff, and the public, the library design team was able to play an integral part of putting the incident firmly into the past while realizing the promise of a new future. More than just a public space, the Granby Public Library, 90 miles west of Denver, is a testament to the town’s resilience and determination.
The 10,800 square foot library, designed by Humphries Poli Architects, is now home to a children’s room, teen zone, adult collection, quiet reading area, study rooms, and a meeting venue.
This distinguished landmark combines sustainability and contemporary aesthetics with local materials and historic forms, while taking advantage of abundant daylight and mountain views. The shed-like forms are derivative of the area’s significant agriculture and ranching history; wherein long, sloping sheds provide economical protection from the snow.
This library is truly a part of the Town’s celebration of history and will serve as a guiding vision for the next 100 years.