Kansas City Main Branch Public Library

The adaptive reuse of this historic bank building is also the public icon marking the rejuvenation of this urban core residential district.  Careful consideration to scale, finish and proportion is made in order to integrate contemporary lighting elements with the interior furnishings of the historic lobby, preserving the pristine original state of the ornate plaster ceiling.  The new addition has a simple clean aesthetic, complimenting the elaborate historic ornamentation and utilizes contemporary light source technologies maximizing energy efficiency. 

Owner: City of Kansas City, Missouri, Public Library
Architect: HNTB Architecture
Lighting Designer: Derek Porter Studio
Engineer: Henderson Engineers
Photographer: Michael Spillers

Kansas City, Missouri
Adaptive reuse renovation
Historic preservation

International Award of Merit, IESNA, 2005

“Pure Power of Light,” Professional Lighting Design (China)