The project is sited within the historic Marmalade District and, therefore,
must seek to respect the context and character of the area. The proposed
site for the Library has been vacant for over a decade, so there are no directly
adjacent buildings nor is there any immediate context.
In the fall of 2012, Salt Lake City amended and formally adopted the Design
Guidelines for Historic Commercial Properties & Districts in Salt Lake City.
This document has served as a reference for developing the exterior of the
Marmalade Library. Among the particular aspects of the project relating to the
Design Guidelines, the current Library design achieves the following:
• The project “recognizes, reinforces and enhances the sense of place
associated with a particular urban setting”.
• The primary facades and building entry are oriented toward the major
streets; 500 North and 300 West.
• The setbacks are respected allowing pedestrian space, landscaping
and an entry court to reinforce the neighborhood pattern.
• The corner building location is emphasized with the second floor
overhang providing civic presence and a strong sense of entry.
• The building massing, scale and form respect the existing and proposed
streetscape. Since the project is the first phase of a larger private
development, and it is a significant civic structure, it is important that
the architectural development set it apart from the future construction
but maintain a relationship in its scale and massing.
• The project reinforces a sense of human scale. Though the project
is meant to have a strong identity and presence, the architectural
detailing, materials and texture provide a comfortable relationship to
the human scale.
• The roof form is an integral part of the building design and used,
specifically, to conceal the rooftop mechanical units from the views of
• Continuous storefront glazing at the base of the building provide a
strong relationship to commercial buildings in the area, as well as
lending vibrancy to the street.
• There is a strong distinction between the first floor, as a base level, and
the second floor, as the middle, and a roof treatment. All of which work
collectively to establish a hierarchy of architectural expression.
The first floor contains the Staff and Building Support Areas, the
Children’s Collection, Teen / Young Adult spaces and the Cafe. The main entry
is from 500 North, however, the after-hours entry would be from the north
side of the building at the public plaza space. This will require an operable
partition of some kind to secure the Library areas from the public for afterhours
The second floor hosts the Adult Collection and the large, community Multi-
Purpose Space. To support these uses, Conference and Study Rooms are
incorporated at this level. And, as an additional amenity, a small roof terrace
is planned for outdoor seating and reading. The extent of this roof terrace is
still to be determined as the project cost estimate is developed.
The exterior design includes cost-effective, low-maintenance building
materials which relate strongly in color, texture and character to the surround
Marmalade context. Zinc cladding is proposed for the upper volume of the
community Multi-Purpose Room. Weathered steel panels clad the second
floor Conference Room and the base of the building at the south, east and
north sides. A terracotta cladding system is used to provide passive shading
of the west-facing glass. Terracotta or integrally-colored cement board panels
are proposed for the secondary and in-fill cladding at the north stair tower and
upper story volumes.
Exact materials, their colors, textures and detailing will be explored continually
during the Design Development phase. Similarly, these materials will be
evaluated for affordability as the construction cost estimates are more
refined. It should be noted that materials could, and often do, change from
the Schematic Design to Design Development phases.