Design for New Library and Event Center to Be Revealed November 1

Good things are worth the wait, and the wait is almost over!

Sir David Adjaye will present his conceptual design of the new Library & Event Center on Wednesday, November 1, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at a special City of Winter Park Commission meeting at the Rachel D. Murrah Civic Center. Attendees will see the work of this internationally-renowned architectural visionary and learn about his design process. There will be an opportunity for public to provide feedback. We are thrilled to reach this new stage in the #nextchapterWP for this new state-of-the-art community asset. We're busy planning for all of the magic that will happen on the inside and can't wait to see what the outside will look like.

As the inspiration for the conceptual design, the design team has incorporated information gathered in 2015 and integrated it with the most recent 2017 public input. In June, the design architect team held multiple meetings which included:

  • input from various community members such as arts & cultural entities, city staff, library board of trustees, and parks & recreation advisory board members.
  • visiting and speaking with people from different places in the city including the Hannibal Square Heritage Center, Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Winter Park Public Library, civic center and Martin Luther King, Jr. Park.
  • feedback from more than 200 members of the public who shared their thoughts about facility amenities, technology and the actual building site. At break-out tables, attendees had the opportunity to offer design requests such as natural light, open space, rooftop deck, striking architecture, Florida materials, sense of arrival, and a celebration of the outdoors.

Sir David Adjaye, was recently knighted by Queen Elizabeth II and named among 2017’s 100 most influential people in the world by TIME magazine. His firm has received worldwide acclaim for its innovative and field-leading approach to civic and library design. Previous libraries include two pioneering neighborhood libraries in Washington, D.C., and the award-winning Idea Stores in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. The firm’s largest project to date, the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African-American History & Culture, opened in the National Mall in Washington D.C., September 2016.


The members of the world-class team the city has assembled for this project are:

October 19, 2017