Chicago Public Library’s West Loop Branch Wins 2020 AIA Award for Interior Architecture

The West Loop Branch of the Chicago Public Library has been named a winner in the AIA 2020 Interior Architecture Awards. The first public library in Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood, the two-story adaptive reuse project is a new cultural and social center for area residents. The renovated interior exposes the previously concealed original bow-truss ceilings and skylights to create a light-filled, loft-like space that reflects the West Loop’s factory-warehouse style. 

A series of architectural and graphic interventions throughout the building announces various programmatic areas, including all-ages reading spaces, flexible community and meeting rooms, and a teen digital learning space with a recording studio. 

In selecting the library, the jury commented: “Finally, a library that makes you want to go read a book. Top notch attention to detail, a children’s area that does not resort to childish clichés, and a warmth from reuse of existing materials.”