The Concept Design is Finally Revealed!

Last night, Sir David Adjaye, world renowned architect and principal of Adjaye Associates, presented the concept design for the future Winter Park Public Library which will be co-located with the City of Winter Park’s events center in Martin Luther King, Jr. Park.

The project includes a two-story library building, a single-story events center, a portico drop-off and surrounding outdoor open spaces which bring together all three structures. The new 34,000 square foot new library is designed with open and flexible spaces for materials, technology learning, educational programming and social spaces. The new facility’s careful configuration provides 50 percent more usable space for library users than the current library building.

“The library is thrilled with the design as an inviting place for 21st century learning, collaboration and community,” said Dan McIntosh, President of the Library Board of Trustees. “Sir David Adjaye’s design fuels the imagination and will provides 360-degree access to learning for generations to come. This community is among few around the world to benefit from Adjaye’s commitment to the integral role public libraries play in modern life – we are very fortunate. His design includes smart spaces to make the library future-proof, ever-changing and evolving, and accessible to all.”

“The design reflects the experiences we’ve hoped and planned for with input from residents and one of the most prestigious think tanks in the world, The Aspen Institute,” said McIntosh. The Aspen Institute selected Winter Park in 2015 as one of four cities around the U.S. to participate in discussions about the future of libraries with a focus on support for facilitated and self-directed lifelong education, program and material needs, and experiences for residents of all ages, incomes and abilities. The Aspen Institute Winter Park report is available at

The new library facility will include:

  • Collection spaces accessible to all ages and abilities.
  • Separate age-appropriate spaces for youth encourage exploration and discovery, support technology-enabled learning, comfortable homework spaces, interactive technologies to create projects for school or play, and “hangout” spaces for safe socializing.
  • Facility-wide technology portals for users to access digital collections and material.
  • An indoor auditorium with a park view, for group classes and activities.
  • “Makerspaces” for video, audio and digital media production, 3D design and printing.
  • A business center, training room and life skills support spaces for local businesses, entrepreneurs and career development.
  • Winter Park historical materials and archival collection spaces.
  • Community meeting rooms.
  • Light-filled reading spaces

"This visionary design will make the new library a magnet for 21st century learning,” said Shawn Shaffer, Library Executive Director. The collaborative process with the City has been terrific to ensure that all residents will benefit from experiences in this civic district"

The new Winter Park Library facility is the result of a public-private partnership with the City of Winter Park.For over 100 years, the city and the library have partnered, combining public support with private to provide residents with facilities, collections and services neither could provide alone.

The Adjaye concept design will go to the City Commission for approval November 13, with final design concluding in summer 2018, construction beginning late 2018 and concluding in summer 2020. View the full presentation Adjaye made to the City of Winter Park here.

The Winter Park Public Library inspires learning, opens minds and transforms lives by providing the highest quality library materials, programs and services. Founded in 1885, the WPPL is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that enjoys an enduring public-private partnership with the City of Winter With over 15,000 borrowers, program participation has soared over 50 percent in the last two years as our innovative and collaborative initiatives meet the needs of residents of every age and demographic. For more information about the WPPL, visit or call 407-623-3300.

November 2, 2017