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St. Helena Branch Library

Beaufort County

Liollio Architecture
Angie Brose, Jennifer Charzewski, Jay White, Dinos Liollio


Modern, yet warm, the architecture reflects the unique attributes of Gullah-Geechee Sea Island culture and the vibrancy of the library as a 21st Century gathering place. Prior to design, community workshops were held to gain insight into the context of the GullahGeechee culture. The space was designed to utilize very simple forms and construction methods in order to afford the iconic features that symbolize the shared values of the library and St. Helena community. The Gullah Geechee context is revealed in several aspects of the design, including the woven nautilus of the special collections area located at the heart of the library, suggesting the forms of marine life and traditional net making; raised wood “stomping” floor in the community meeting room that provides the percussion for sea island spirituals; and the “tree” columns reflective of historic images of learning at Penn Center under the massive live oak trees.

Project is pending LEED certification