Gallery: Traverwood Library Built From Beetle-Damaged Trees Harvested O...

Ann Arbor’s newest library is a study in developing a sustainably designed public space that is sensitive to the land’s needs. Designed by inFORM Studio, the project features an interior that is wrapped and supported by diseased ash tree lumber harvested from the 4.3 acre site. The Traverwood Branch Library subtly wraps around the perimeter of the site to maximize the green space, while the refreshingly contemporary shape and facade provides plenty of space and daylight to explore the library's collection.

The gently sourced ash trees on the site were damaged by the Emerald Ash Borer, an invasive species that has killed million of ash trees and threatens all of North America’s ash population. The library procured a grant to harvest and mill the on-site trees for the new building and it has incorporated the wood throughout the design. The trees were hand cut and removed by horse teams to minimize impact on the site.


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