With its unique paper airplane facade design, the community of Lee's Summit, Mo., is enjoying the architectural creativity and amenities of their new Mid-Continent Public Library (MCPL) Colbern Library Center.
"Normally, you don't get this kind of elegance in a library," stated Lee Calisti, principal, lee CALISTI architecture+design, Greensburg, Pa., a 2022 Metal Architecture Awards judge.
An award-winning project in the Metal Composite Panel category, the perforated, folded and geometric metal design on top of the building's storefront provides shading, enhances daylighting, increases the building's height and draws attention to the 33,000 square-foot library.
The project is part of a 35-branch capital improvement initiative which included modernizing the library's aesthetic. Sapp Design Architects chose architectural metal as a means to accomplish this.
"The idea of transferring knowledge at a basic level led us to think about passing notes as children, the idea of folding paper and ultimately the paper airplane," stated Brad McKenzie, office director and senior project manager at Sapp Design Architects, Kansas City, Mo. in a recent Metal Architecture article.