The iconic Flying Saucer marked the entrance to the old Hyattsville Library for decades and it was critical to preserve it during the demolition of the building. The Flying Saucer was safely relocated to the new library’s garden and outdoor gathering area.
The striking architectural forms, punctuated by glass, showcase the new and improved services the library will offer. Underground parking maximizes green space and eliminates parking structures that would block views of the new community feature. Study spaces were added, the children's area expanded, and more space devoted to digital media all meet the needs of the Hyattsville community.
State-of-the-art technology and sustainable design elements highlight the library’s commitment to the future. The outdoor reading plaza and garden provide outdoor learning spaces and a quiet place to enjoy a good book.
The building’s exterior is constructed using locally sourced brick, durable terracotta panels, as well as recycled components. When the library is complete, there will be signage educating the public about the building’s sustainable features such as the vegetative roofs and photovoltaic (PV arrays).
The children’s area is imagined as a Discovery Village in the heart of the library. Complete with a drawbridge, moat, and castle walls, this children’s area brings warmth and excitement to the library stacks. Recognizing the changing role of public libraries, the design’s additional features include a café, community meeting rooms, technology labs, and study rooms.