Photography: Dror Baldinger

A new lakeside library has flung open its doors in Orange County, Florida, and the David Adjaye-designed building frames views of its palm tree-studded site.

Located inside the city’s Martin Luther King Jr Park, the two-storey library includes an events space and rooftop terrace – all rendered in the pink-tinted concrete Adjaye chose for the project. The architect describes Winter Park as ‘a multi-purpose knowledge campus in the public realm’.

The library is spread across three pavilions, shaped like huge arches. Vast expanses of glass flood the building with natural light and connect the library with the gardens that surround it. Adjaye has added pockets of greenery that contrast the concrete exterior, including a stand of palms whose feathery foliage just brushes the library’s roof.

Photography: Chad Baumer

As well as offering an extensive book collection, the library will host events, performances and films, and is also home to flexible working and makerspaces. As well as picking up a long-awaited novel, guests can borrow fishing poles, binoculars and other instruments.

1052 W Morse Blvd, Winter Park, FL 32789, United States

Photography: Chad Baumer
Photography: Chad Baumer
Photography: Dror Baldinger
Photography: Ivane Katamashvili

The world’s most beautiful libraries captured by Thibaud Poirier

Latest

Latest

Share Tweet

Privacy Preference Center

Required Cookies & Technologies

Some of the technologies we use are necessary for critical functions like security and site integrity, account authentication, security and privacy preferences, internal site usage and maintenance data, and to make the site work correctly for browsing and transactions.

gdpr, woocommerce_cart_hash, woocommerce_items_in_cart, _wp_wocommerce_session, sucuri_cloudproxy_uuid_*

Site Customisation

Cookies and similar technologies are used to improve your experience, to do things like:

- remember your login, general, and regional preferences
- personalize content, search, recommendations, and offers

Without these technologies, things like personalised recommendations, your account preferences, or localisation may not work correctly.

wp-settings-*

Personalised Advertising

These technologies are used for things like:

- personalised ads
- to limit how many times you see an ad
- to understand usage via Google Analytics
- to understand how you got to our web properties
- to ensure that we understand the audience and can provide relevant ads

We do this with social media, marketing, and analytics partners (who may have their own information they’ve collected). Saying no will not stop you from seeing our ads, but it may make them less relevant or more repetitive.

_ga, _gid, gat,_gads,_fbp