Case Western Reserve University Kelvin Smith Library


Kelvin Smith Library (1996)

Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland, OH

The Kelvin Smith Library at Case Western Reserve University is the new, main University library. The Library is configured to relate to the non-parallel streets and serve as the focus for a new open space called the "Heart of Campus." Stylistically, the Kelvin Smith Library is modern classic, referring to Cleveland's neighboring Museum of Art and Severance Hall in materials, scale, openings and character-but not in detail. The design is intended to balance the demands of shaping the "Heart of Campus" and blending with its monumental neighbors.