Architect: richard+bauer | Photography: Bill Timmerman

Sunrise Mountain Library

Peoria, Arizona

client: City of Peoria

completion: January 2009

size: 22,000 SF

cost: $7.7M

architect: richard+bauer


scope of services:

  • Library programming + planning
  • Furniture Specifications
  • Custom Millwork design
  • Interior Design
  • Signage design

A modern full-service regional library with a 100,000-piece collection, the facility utilizes RFID and self-service technology. Library includes adult, teen and youth reading spaces, common areas and multi-use facilities.

Concept Statement

The new Sunrise Mountain Library is a replacement for a joint use, public library in a high school that had been in existence for over ten years. The look and feel was institutional, public parking non-existent and the hours insufficient. The community had been very patient and because of this deserved the very best. The City of Peoria wanted a building that surpassed community needs, had a wow-factor in design and at the same time was practical and flexible.

Interior features, furnishing and color palette went beyond client expectations. The public actually comes to the library and stays, something they did not do at the joint use facility. The building emphasizes comfort, durability and is soothing to the eye which makes for the perfect stop to come and read, peruse the Internet, people watch or quietly talk. The new Sunrise Mountain Library is the perfect balance between the needs of architect, client and customer.

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