Creative Install Creates Exquisite Community Space

The Wando Library, situated in Mount Pleasant, SC, stands as a testament to creative design and meticulous craftsmanship. Designed by LS3P Associates and brought to life by M.B. Kahn Construction Co., this architectural gem boasts a mesmerizing façade that captures the essence of its surroundings. Utilizing Longboard Tongue & Groove planks in Dark Cherry, Light Cherry, Western Cedar, and Black, the design team crafted a visually stunning exterior, inviting the public into a world of artistic allure. The seamless integration of these materials in varying profiles resulted in an enchanting and eye-catching design, setting the stage for a unique community space that beckons visitors inside.

Nestled within the new Carolina Park development, the Wando Mount Pleasant Library is more than just a building—it’s a portal to the past. With a history dating back over 350 years, the land on which it stands holds tales of bygone eras.

Once home to the Wando Indians in the 1670s, the area bears witness to the quiet disappearance of their culture and language, yet their name resonates through the centuries. As the library stands near the Southeast end of the Wando River, it serves as a living tribute to the rich heritage of the land and its people.

Wando Library's façade featuring Longboard Tongue & Groove siding planks.

Longboard Products emerge as the quintessential choice for Community Centers and Civic and Recreation buildings, offering a harmonious blend of elegance and durability. With minimal maintenance requirements and unparalleled longevity, Longboard products elevate the aesthetic appeal of any space while ensuring ease of upkeep. 

The extruded aluminum construction not only withstands the test of time but also facilitates effortless cleaning, both indoors and outdoors. With a simple regimen of soap and water, Longboard surfaces retain their pristine appearance, reflecting timeless beauty with every glance. For detailed cleaning recommendations, our website provides comprehensive guidance under testing information, ensuring Longboard products remain a beacon of excellence in architectural design.

Amidst the architectural marvels of the Wando Library lies the Oculus—a captivating feature nestled within the children’s area. Serving as a tranquil retreat for reading enthusiasts, the Oculus offers respite amidst breathtaking views of nature, enveloping visitors in a world of serenity and inspiration. Complemented by expansive windows adorning nearly every wall, the library becomes a sanctuary of light and landscape, blurring the lines between indoor comfort and outdoor splendor.

Frequently Asked Questions

What specific environmental sustainability features, if any, were incorporated into the design and construction of the Wando Library?

The library's architectural elements include a connection to the surrounding environment through its interior, exterior, and landscape design strategies. The materials palette incorporates natural elements, and the library features clerestory windows for natural daylighting and seating along expansive windows offering views of nature and wetlands. Additionally, there's an outdoor space with landscaped seating for reading and gathering, highlighting a commitment to integrating natural elements and promoting environmental consciousness

Are there any community engagement or educational programs planned or currently in place to utilize the unique design elements of the library, like the Oculus in the children's area?

Public libraries, in general, are increasingly focusing on sustainable practices and educational programs. Libraries offer various resources and events that promote community awareness about sustainability, climate change, and environmental stewardship. By fostering an environment conducive to learning and engagement, libraries like Wando serve as platforms for community education and awareness on these crucial topics​
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