Carlson Architects design responds directly to the site. Resembling an upturned canoe, the building″s roof is composed of two curving sections that jut out from the facade at an off–axis angle from the surrounding streets: forming an instant landmark and beacon for the neighborhood. This hull–like form is echoed by an abstract sculpture of a boat that rises on a pole at one end of the building, puncturing its roof. Designed by local artist Miles Pepper, the sculpture was also funded by the library″s bond measure, which provided for public art in all libraries.
I do much prefer the library's old location, which, like a storefront church, had at least a certain honesty and humility.