Free Library of Philadelphia

Cultural
LOCATION: Philadalphia, PA
COMPLETED: 2019
SIZE: 45,000 sq. ft.
OWNERS: Free Library of Philadelphia
ARCHITECT: Safdie Architects
PHOTOGRAPHER: © Halkin Mason Photography

DESIGN TEAM:Glenn Heinmiller
 Lisa Wong

The interior renovation to the Free Library of Philadelphia, located in a 90-year old Beaux Arts building on Logan Square, aims to restore the building to its original grandeur while creating new public spaces for the library of the 21st century. The Architect’s vision of a trellis ceiling comes to life with custom direct/indirect fixtures integrated within the existing beams of the ceiling. Fitting between non-symmetrical beam spacings, the light fixtures provide a grand gesture of a pattern, spanning from the great reading room all the way through to the meeting rooms and study areas along the building’s perimeter throughout all floors of the library. The light levels are controlled through various scenes to allow for flexibility between daytime, nighttime, and evening events.