Interior designers, Meyer, Scherer & Rockcastle, has redesigned an abandoned Walmart supermarket turning it into a library, winning the International Interior Design Association’s 2012 Library Interior Design Competition.
The building is the largest library in the US, at 125k square feet in McAllen Texas and was transformed by local residents after concerns about the empty store becoming a focus for vandals.
They enlisted the help of the design firm to turn the building into a library and submitted the results to the IIDA.
The brief for Meyer, Scherer & Rockcastle of Minneapolis was to design a space that was functional, flexible, and affordable to construct.
It created a “Teens” lounge to give youngsters a place to hang out at somewhere other than a mall and within the first month of opening, new user registration increased by 23%.
Other features include a laser-cut wood wall at the entry folds into a ceiling plane that runs the length of the building. This divides the library into a computer lab, meeting rooms and staff areas.