Buckhead Library (branch of the Atlanta Fulton County Public Library)

Scogin, Elam and Bray

This "deconstructionist" building was controversial when it first opened. However, Washington Post architectural critic Benjamin Forgey singled out this design by Scogin, Elam and Bray saying "All wrapped in black, this building clearly embodies a bright new idea about modem [sic?] architecture and, at the same time, a spirited, inventive take on the oft-ignored architectural possibilities of the commercial strip" (website). The steel-frame exterior is clad in diagonally hung slate shingles.
The conical tower on the roof signals the placement of the interior circulation desk. (See below as well.)

A modern entrance loggia

The canopy signals the entrance and extends outward to the parking lot.

Looking toward the entrance (center) and away from the entrance portal (right)


Interior--the circulation desk with skylight

The main reading room has windows across its width. Skylights enhance the lighting effects.

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