Cherry Hill Public Library
An inspiring backdrop for reading, meeting, learning, and more.
Libraries have evolved far beyond their early function as book warehouses: They’ve become gathering areas, workspaces, classrooms, computer labs, and job-hunting headquarters. Filling all these roles and more, the Cherry Hill Public Library, in Cherry Hill, NJ greets up to 1,500 visitors a day. The three—story new construction project was designed to be an architectural showpiece for the community. It includes a café, gift shop, meeting rooms, and fireplaces. All 72,000 square feet are drenched in sunlight, thanks to the oversized Marvin window assemblies on all sides. Operating and non-operating window units provide natural light as well as an energy-efficient barrier to minimize heating and cooling costs. The walls of light include a dramatic assembly on one end of the library that spans the full three stories. “People just gravitate to the seating by the window areas,” said library director Manuel Paredes. “Our best comments come from our staff—it’s such a pleasant space, they simply don’t want to leave at the end of the day.”
• Double-pane windows with Low E2 glazing.
• Fritted glazing used as a design element as well as to control glare and heat gain.
• Custom profile provided by Marvin.
• Local installer added custom sills and woodworking to the interior.
• Three-story structure includes meeting and conference rooms used for presentations, workshops, and events
• A state-of-the-art community center for the township.
Architect: Beatty Harvey, Coco Architects
Contractor: TN Ward Company