From Big Box Store to Ginormous Library

13 Jul

Nothing warms our cockles more than well-executed adaptive reuse. The city of McAllen, TX did just that when it teamed up with snazzy Minneapolis-based design firm Meyer, Scherer & Rockcastle to transform an abandoned Wal-Mart store. The formerly empty (and totally depressing) 124,500 square foot structure was turned into the largest single-story public library in the country. (The library of Congress still holds top billing for the nation’s largest public library.) See what the McAllen library looks like now.

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