The American Institute of Architects has announced its 2011 building award recipients, and the Mattapan branch of the Boston Public Library was among five libraries recognized for their design, in anticipation of the organization's national convention in New Orleans on May 13.
The building was praised by the institute for its "sense of invitation," particularly its use of floor-to-ceiling windows, and spaces like Children’s Room and Young Adults’ Room which cater to specific patrons.
The $16.7 million, 21,000 square-foot Blue Hill Avenue branch opened in February 2008, after a 14-year process spearheaded by City Councilor Charles Yancey. It was built to be energy-efficient, with natural light during the day, water and energy saving features and an improved indoor air quality system. It is also the most technologically advanced of the system's 26 branches.
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