Anythink Wright Farms Named One of 10 New Landmark Libraries

Children's area interior at Anythink Wright Farms

Interior of the children's area at Anythink Wright Farms, recently named a New Landmark Library.

Anythink Wright Farms was recently named one of 10 New Landmark Libraries by Library Journal. The New Landmark Libraries showcase buildings that will help shape libraries for the next generation and beyond. Anythink Wright Farms was featured with nine others and 10 honorable mentions in the May 15 issue of Library Journal and its supplemental publication Library by Design

Designed by Humphries Poli Architects, the 45,000-square-foot flagship facility is the largest Anythink location. Described by Library Journal as an “oasis-like environment,” Anythink Wright Farms’ open layout, sustainable features, and playful spaces for kids and teens all contributed to its being named a New Landmark Library.

Library Journal’s New Landmark Libraries project seeks to discover groundbreaking public library buildings and establish a set of standards for library leaders to address as they build new public facilities. Chosen from a national pool with submissions from large cities and small communities, the New Landmark Libraries and honorable mentions can be used as prototypes or think tanks for library projects of all sizes.

“We define a new landmark as a professional exemplar for someone setting out on a new building project – a library to mine that isn’t as well-known as the biggies,” says project coordinator Louise Schaper in her article “The New Icons,” featured in the Spring 2011 issue of Library by Design. “There’s plenty to learn from those, of course, but the New Landmark Libraries project is a quest to find and highlight less well-known library buildings that offer exciting and sometimes paradigm-breaking design in response to community needs and changing times.”

Dennis Humphries, principal at Humphries Poli Architects, will participate in a panel discussion with other architects to give a virtual tour of Anythink Wright Farms in the webinar “A Tour of Four Library Journal New Landmark Libraries” on Wednesday, June 8, 10 am MT. Click here for more details.