About the building

Exterior view at the Greenwood Branch
Exterior view at the Greenwood Branch

The building exterior is sided in 5-inch thick stone from Montana. A clerestory runs nearly the length of the building to allow north light to enter the branch. Windows along the east wall provide views of the Cascade Mountains.

A courtyard with a stone bench provides a welcoming space next to the main entrance. A wavy copper-accented screen wall divides the children's area from the entryway.

The wood on the tabletops in the center of the library all came from the same tree - an American red elm salvaged from Carnation, Wash. The tables were crafted by Seattle-based Urban Hardwoods, which manufactures products from trees that are diseased or blocking power lines and must be taken down.

The green material used on the interior of the building is called Trespa Meteon. The strong resin-based material, which is manufactured in Germany, is weather-resistant, color-fast and easy to clean.