Books & Beyond...Cedar Rapids Public Library

Designed by local Cedar Rapids firm OPN Architects. The new 95,000-sqaure foot library is designed to be a vibrant, multipurpose destination and a space for the community to mix and collaborate. The design of the new library was driven by the desire to embrace openness, transparency and foster public engagement with and within the space.

"He wanted this library to be more like an Apple Store and less like the Department of Motor Vehicles, " OPN Principal Bradd Brown, AIA says of Library Director Robert Pasicznyuk.

LIGHTBLOCKS worked with OPN to coordinate the design and was responsible for all aspects of the feature wall including the steel structural supports, attachment hardware, "Classic Dry Ice" resin panels, "Classic Dry Ice" resin boxes and lighting. 

The stairway in front of the feature wall has motion sensors embedded in the stringers so when someone walks up or down the stairs the boxes illuminate following them up and down.

LIGHTBLOCKS also provided the inset panels on the ends of the book shelving and the children's "Tunnel" fabrication pieces.

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