Michigan Road Branch Library

Michigan Road Branch Library

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Responsive Library Design: A Gathering Space

Project Overview

Responsible design elevates communities. That belief is highlighted in the Indianapolis Public Library’s new Michigan Road Branch on the northwest side of Indianapolis. This branch created a new library service area in a neighborhood that had been previously under served. The design team, led by krM Architecture+, facilitated an extensive public engagement process to better understand the community’s program desires and service needs.

The beautiful design is simple, durable, and efficient. The main atrium is supported by a unique structural system that minimizes the roof profile. The structural system also incorporates enough windows for 90% of the public space to be naturally lit.


Energy + Resource Conservation

Several sustainable features were implemented throughout the branch to achieve LEED v4 Silver Certification including natural lighting, independently powered vertical blinds, and public reading tables made from harvested trees. The integrated team worked together closely early in design to define client goals and set benchmarks for sustainability and building performance.




Indianapolis Public Library


Indianapolis, IN




Structural Engineering
Civil Engineering