The copper-clad South Mountain Community Library is capped by five glazed volumes that admit daylight and serve as lanterns at night.
The copper rainscreen incorporates downspouts to manage water runoff, and it conceals the structure that supports the building’s lateral loads.
Canopies over the entrances, including the one into the children’s courtyard, provide shade to soften the transition between the harsh Phoenix sunlight and the building interior.
Fully glazed interior walls connect it to the main library space. The public library that occupies the ground level is capped by the second-level college library. The two are connected with stairs clad in water-jet-cut aluminum.
The glazed volumes that top the building illuminate the main reading rooms as well as some enclosed spaces, including a classroom.