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Five Forks Branch of the Greenville County Library System, Greenville, S.C.

Photo: Derrick Simpson Photography
Photo: Derrick Simpson Photography

McMillan Pazdan Smith Architecture based its design concept for the Five Forks Branch of the Greenville County Library System on a contemporary barn with two intersecting volumes. The intersecting volumes have prominent, contrasting colors, white and gray, that are united by a bright yellow metal canopy at the entrance. The metal panels also contrast by their profiles and orientations. The corrugated white panels are vertical, and the flush, smooth, gray panels are horizontal.

McMillan Pazdan Smith Architecture specified metal for the exterior façade for its aesthetic qualities, durability and minimal maintenance. Metal distinguishes the library’s architecture from neighboring commercial and residential developments.

Inside the library, two large curtainwalls open the children and adult areas to the exterior with pastoral views. On the south side of the building, metal sunshades and fabric shades control daylighting for all-day use. Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope supplied the curtainwalls and metal sunshades.

Pickens Roofing and Sheet Metal Inc. installed 6,800 square feet of MBCI’s 24-gauge, exposed fastener 7.2 Panels in Bone White and 9,500 square feet of MBCI’s Designer Series Flat Panels in Slate Gray. For soffits, Pickens Roofing and Sheet Metal installed 2,000 square feet of MBCI’s flush soffit panels in custom Sunshine Yellow and custom Dusk Pink.

The Five Forks Branch library is set back from a primary arterial road, in the midst of a natural green meadow foreground, creating a strong civic presence. It is centrally located to six elementary schools within a 3-mile radius. In addition to the children and adult spaces, the 28,000-square-foot library houses a living room space, teen area, large meeting room, collaboration room, story room and reading room. The project was completed in March 2018.