Rhode Island Monthly has announced this year’s design award recipients. The new Tiverton Public Library, designed by Union Studio Architecture and Community Design, received a gold award for its fresh approach to the notion of a “public" library. The 24,000 square-foot space includes several community spaces, a spacious children’s library, a teen library with collaborative spaces, reading rooms and public courtyards. The library has become a vital center of activity for the Tiverton community.
In collaboration with Union Studio and the Tiverton Public Library, Malcolm Grear Designers created a system of interior and exterior signs, graphics and donor recognition that greatly enhances the experience of the library. One the most engaging graphical applications is the treatment of the “glass box” entrance to the Children’s Library which displays large excerpts from some of the most popular children’s books in rows of frosted letters interspersed with colorful letters that become more numerous towards the bottom — at eye level of the youngest children that enjoy the space. The signs also employ translucent mesh, large dimensional letters, and colors and materials that complement to the building’s character. The signs, like the architecture itself, achieve a balance between recognizable, traditional motifs and unexpected contemporary interpretations.
Another project that received a gold award was the Physician Assistant Learning Center at Bryant University. The new facility, designed by Lerner Ladds Bartels Architects, is integrated into one of the campus’ largest buildings, the Unistructure, connecting the new space to the existing brick structure with open views through glass curtain walls, exposed stairs, and illumination. The building features new lounges, classrooms, labs, and simulated exam rooms. Malcolm Grear Designers designed the interior and exterior signs and donor recognition in keeping with the campus sign system, which they also developed. This addition is one of many capital improvement projects that Malcolm Grear Designers has been involved with at Bryant University.