Reopened yesterday after almost 2 years of construction and renovation: The Oak Forest Library at 1349 W. 43rd St., sporting 2 new brick-and-glass wings on the buildings west side, around a new outdoor reading room. The original building’s signature green tile mosaic wall still faces the Oak Forest Shopping Center’s continuous W. 43rd St. parking lot, but a new second entrance for the neighborhood now peeks out from behind a much greener space on Oak Forest Dr. — across the street from Oak Forest Elementary:
Three small local architecture firms — Natalye Appel + Associates Architects, Donna Kacmar‘s ArchitectWorks, and James Ray Architects — teamed up to re-mod the steel-and-brick 1960 building. Behind the restored Italian glass tile wall, where the circulation desk used to be: a new kiddie reading nook.
Now there’s a much larger and lighter space in the 4,500-sq.-ft. addition you can check out:
- Oak Forest Library Opens, Oak Forest Library, and Oak Forest Library – update [Kat, Alan, Madison, and Austin]
- Previously on Swamplot: The New Oak Forest Neighborhood Library
Photos: Natalye Appel + Associates Architects, Architect Works, and James Ray Architects