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Located in Dorchester, the Adams Street Branch of the Boston Public Library is nestled into one of Boston’s great working-class neighborhoods. Located on busy Adams Street, the library is set at a focal point where the road bends, making its visual presence a marker for the neighborhood.

Restricted to one story, a single pitch monumentalizes the porous façade.

In the rear of the library, a breakdown of the roof into smaller peaks mimics the neighborhood’s residential scale. The folded roof is composed of a series of ruled surfaces, the result of a simple series of striated beams running east/west that draws rainwater towards the rain garden.

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