Virginia Beach’s Meyera E. Oberndorf Central Library, designed by the late Laszlo Aranyi, founder of The Design Collaborative Architects
, received the "Test of Time" award from
the Virginia Society of the American Institute of Architects
Envisioned as an energy-efficient, day-lit facility, the library is an early example of the emerging practice of sustainable design, which The Design Collaborative Architects continues to embrace today. The building was designed to be highly adaptable to changes in library services and expanding technology by incorporating modular furniture, bookstore shelving and other innovative ideas. This iconic library continues to be a state-of-the-art facility as well as a popular destination in the region.
In addition to designing Virginia Beach's Central Library, The Design Collaborative has also designed the Great Neck, Princess Anne, Oceanfront and Kempsville Area Libraries, as well as renovations for Central, Kempsville and Windsor Woods libraries
The "Test of Time" award recognizes a structure no less than 25 years old which is cherished as a significant contribution to the community and the built environment. The award will be It will be presented Nov. 9 at the VSAIA 2012 Visions for Architecture Gala in Richmond.