Two Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Projects Earn Significant AIA Design Awards

GBBN Architects awarded American Institute of Architects Pennsylvania and American Institute of Architects Pittsburgh design awards for two neighborhood libraries for Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.

GBBN Architects’ designs for Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh-Knoxville (CLP-Knoxville) and Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh-Beechview (CLP-Beechview) were recently recognized for architectural excellence by the state and local American Institute of Architects (AIA) organizations.

At the state level, GBBN was awarded two citations at AIA Pennsylvania’s 2016 Architectural Excellence Design Awards gala on November 10. Stating the “seamless connection between the old and the new,” and that “it’s both, impactful at social and architectural levels,” the Jury awarded CLP-Beechview with a Citation of Merit in Architecture. The addition and renovation project transformed the existing building to give it a more welcoming presence within the neighborhood, also providing enlarged programming space for adults, teens, and children to improve the patron experience and increase community engagement.

AIA Pennsylvania also awarded the recently completed CLP-Knoxville with a Citation of Merit in Architecture. The Jury comment, “it’s so in!” reflects the essence of this project that transformed a brutalist 1960s building into a warm and inviting destination for a diverse community with the intervention of small additions to the building and a full reinterpretation of the interior. Similar to CLP-Beechview, the Jury commended the impact that this project has made to the community.

Within the Pittsburgh region, CLP-Knoxville received an AIA Pittsburgh Architecture Honor Award, which is granted for overall excellence, at the Design Pittsburgh event on October 26. The Jury noted that precise detailing and discerning space planning crafted an impactful experiential quality of space. One Jury comment stated, “With minimal moves and thoughtful details, the bunker-like building has been transformed into a welcoming living room for the community that engages the street. The care with which the architects have transformed the building will have an outsized impact on everyone who visits the library.”

These recent awards are not the first time GBBN’s designs for CLP have been recognized. Earlier this year, the CLP East Liberty Studio Hive received national recognition by being awarded a small projects AIA National Design Award. In 2015, CLP-Beechview won Certificate of Merits from both AIA Pittsburgh and AIA Cincinnati and the CLP Teen Zones were awarded a Citation of Merit by AIA Pennsylvania.

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