West Jordan Library & Event Center
Viridian is the color between green and cyan on the color wheel, and comes from the Latin viridis, meaning ‘green’. We often associate green with a verdant garden, and cyan (blue) with the sky. Most simply, these two elements are the design informants of this library/event center. The building poses a long transparent face along the edge of the city’s park, allowing library and event patrons to feel connected to the most significant green space of the community. Connections to the sky occur via three ‘light boxes’ – basically, incisions through the center of the building, from roof to ground level, that reflect and bounce sunlight to internal spaces.
The 70,000 sf project uniquely combines a community event component with a library and headquarters for the administrative offices and data center of the county library system. The library’s vision is that the written word is a community-builder that can be extended into the spoken and performed word, and that this place will become a vibrant forum of exchange utilizing all of these modes.
During largest seasonal events, like the Annual Summer Reading Kick-Off, a bi-folding glazed wall is designed to open to the outdoor amphitheater, linking outside and inside ongoing performances, presentations, and activities.