Buckeye Library, AZ
Our work at the Coyote Branch Library in Buckeye, Ariz., is a vibrant showpiece for reading and the power of the imagination. In a heavily residential area in one of the nation’s fastest-growing cities, the new branch library became Buckeye’s second library for the community of 57,000. At approximately 17,000 s. f., the library is more than double the size of the original library.
The family-focused library features an Arizona wildlife theme that is brought to life with our main piece for the library - a large 3D tension fabric canopy shaped and printed like a children’s book. At 40’ wide by 30’ long, the book canopy is mounted above a central children’s reading area. The canopy is shaped like an open book and printed so that you see the artwork of the open pages, the yellow covering and the depth of the pages.
The canopy is modeled on the book “There was a Coyote Who Swallowed a Flea,” a popular children's title that speaks directly to the Arizona wildlife theme and which is written by an Arizona-based author. The “hardcover” is shaped with yellow powder coated Moss Groove™ SEG extrusion and fabric panels while the “pages” are shaped via Moss Classic™ pillowcase fabric and round tube construction.
We also manufactured and printed the trio of nested circle signs hanging from the ceiling and surrounding the book canopy. The large pillowcase construction fabric circle signs are 144 in. in diameter x 42 in. high, while each of the smaller fabric circle signs are 72 in. in diameter x 30 in. high.
Our firm also provided the two sections of the printed bright yellow spine/book cover shelving underneath the canopy. The millwork countertops are wrapped with 3M cast vinyl on tops, sides and returns; the pages are 3M calendared vinyl mounted to risers and printed to match upper canopy pages. The pair of u-shaped shelving units create a book-storage ring that encircles the area below the canopy.
Architect: Perlman Architects of Arizona | Project manager: Core Construction