The new Atlee Branch Library located in Hanover County, part of the Pamunkey will be a two-story 20,800 SF facility. This civic portal visually connects the arrival plaza to the woodlands behind. An intimate court with open glass on 3 sides is revealed once the portal is crossed. The court will provide a unique and quiet public space. The Court connects to the main two-story high-volume lobby with stairs connecting the second-floor programmatic areas and is designed to allow for visual control of all the activities within the public space.
On the first floor is the reading area, quiet study rooms, public computers, and periodicals, as well as a large meeting room, public restrooms, and the administrative wing. On the upper floor is the children’s areas, the Teens space, a Digital Media Lab, a Creative Commons and a series of small conference and study rooms.
The two wings are connected with an open creative common and a bridge with a glazed balustrade. The site for the new Atlee Library is located within the Rutland Crossing site, a commercial and office development.