Congratulations to OPN Architects! The firm recently received the 2022 Award of Excellence from the International Interior Design Association’s Wisconsin Chapter for its design of Pinney Library.

The 20,500-square-foot library, which opened in Royster Commons in 2020 at the onset of the pandemic, doubled in size from its previous location. It has numerous sustainability features, including a highly efficient mechanical system; furniture made from ash trees that were cut down to prevent the spread of ash borer disease; a geothermal system that reduces heating and cooling loads, and will help the library hit net zero energy usage in the long term; sensors to reduce LED light usage when daylight is providing sufficient lighting; energy-efficient windows; and more.

Pinney patrons can enjoy a PlayLab space for ages birth to 5, a large community room, study and reading rooms, a patio for outdoor programming and a studio for arts activities. Pinney is the third-busiest library of Madison Public Library’s nine locations. 

Pictured above: Pinney Library’s PlayLab is designed specifically for ages birth to 5 and uses a variety of natural materials.