Friday, July 19, 2024

The renovated Cambridge Main Library continues to win awards since its opening slightly over a year ago. (Photo: Robert K. Coe)

The Cambridge Main Library won an Annual Design Review Award from Architect Magazine, one of the country’s two leading national architectural magazines, said the city’s public information office, Ini Tomeu, in a Monday e-mail.

In the November issue showcasing “the best American architecture of the year,” the library got one of nine awards given from nearly 300 entries. It was one of only two Award-winners in the “bond” (as in “bonding”) category, which covers institutional, cultural and religious buildings.

A jury of five architects cited a range of specific architectural and programming characteristics of the building, designed by William Rawn Associates and Ann Beha, the associate architect for the historical restoration, including its transparency and indoor-outdoor connections.

This is one of several design awards the library has won. Last week, the city announced that it had received a LEED silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council — verified by the Green Building Certification Institute — as a high-performance green building.

This post was taken from a press release.