Overall view. Photography: Scott McDonald©Hedrich Blessing

Borders Book Store

Evanston, Illinois

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Area: 28,000 square feet

Award: Design Evanston New Construction Award

Site & Program: The triangular site is located in the heart of a primary redevelopment area in this urban community. The building is designed for a national chain bookseller.

Design: Nagle Hartray used a clean, modern vocabulary to give presence to a relatively small building at an important corner.

The glazed brick base relates the structure to neighboring commercial and retail buildings. Flush metal panels enclose the upper floor and wrap the corner, which features a curved glass facade and projecting sunscreens.

The minimalism of the building’s forms and materials are a backdrop for the branding of the national chain bookseller.

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