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Riviera Beach Community Library

Pasadena, Maryland


Anne Arundel County Public Library


20,000 sf


Tracking LEED Silver


New Construction


Flexible Meeting Rooms

The new library will be a replacement of an existing library on the same site, situated on the corner of Duvall Highway and Fort Smallwood Road, but will be newly sited for greater visibility and prominence as a gateway landmark to the Riviera community.

Nautical references throughout the new 20,000 sf library allude to a coastal type of architecture in materials, scale, color and finishes with the use of oars, anchors, and wood wall textures.

The architects did a fantastic job of incorporating the spirit of Riviera Beach into the library … It's going to be a state-of-the-art facility.

Facilities and Capital Projects Manager, AACPL for Pasadena Voice

A spacious, light-filled lobby welcomes visitors into a café-like gathering space which will serve as a pre-function zone to the community meeting rooms.

Surfboard shaped counters and the "boat" ceiling which casts “a shadow” on the floor to draw visitors to the center of the library and point to a specialized teen area and an expanded children’s area.

Closing Thoughts

The design concept ties into the local nautical context and the area's history of a resort community at the edge of the Chesapeake Bay.