Recipient of the 2017 national AIA / ALA Library Building Award, the new 43,000 SF Varina Area Library serves the quiet and rural community of Varina located in the eastern section of Henrico County. Replacing an outdated, smaller branch, this new building design reflects and reinforces the unique, local culture and history of the Varina district as it borrows from the materials and form of a tobacco barn with a series of three pavilions emerging from and cascading down the site toward a protected wetland. Natural light bathes the interior throughout the day as the end of each pavilion is enclosed by expansive glass walls maximizing patrons' views and allowing one to feel connected with familiar landscape.
Designed as a hub for learning, the library features several unique learning spaces for individual and group study. Patrons can choose to learn or work from a variety of learning spaces equipped with movable and adaptable furniture that suits the needs of a patron to promote learning or working in private or collaborative styles. The project received LEED Certification.
The Varina Area Library was designed in partnership with the Boston firm, Tappé Architects. Our strategic partnership allows us to bring the best in library design to the communities we serve.To learn more about the project, please view our Tale of Two Libraries documentary.