Fairfax, VA— The Ashburn Library in Ashburn, VA, was recently recognized with a 2008 Signatures of Loudoun Design Excellence Award, which commends notable building projects throughout Loudoun County. Designed by PSA-Dewberry, the popular library's distinctive architecture and interior design were cited during the awards presentation.
The 23,000-square-foot library was designed to incorporate regional materials, including traditional brick, split-faced masonry and a zinc-coated metal roof. The exterior features a metal panel skin that reflects a contemporary aesthetic in keeping with the area's focus on the high-technology market. An extensive use of glass along the façade allows for generous amounts of natural light within the building.
A carefully planned interior supports both traditional library and ambitious community programs, with meeting rooms as well as intimate reading areas. New landscaping and the restoration of a storm water retention pond enable the site to be used as a community amenity, with walkways, an outdoor overlook and a small performing arts area.
In addition, the Ashburn Library earned a "Best New Building Award" from the Northern Virginia Chapter of the National Association of Industrial and Office Parks (NAIOP) and has been featured in Inform, the magazine of the Virginia Society of the American Institute of Architects.