Ave Maria University

Canizaro Library

Ave Maria, FL

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The cornerstone of Ave Maria University’s campus is the new $18 million Canizaro Library, a state-of-the-art facility capable of serving the University well into the future through both sophisticated technology and physical expansion.

Inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright’s principles of organic design and architecture, along with a natural environment and open floor plans, outside and inside elements are blended seamlessly. Exterior horizontal lines from the structure form connections to interior walls and beams.

Programmatically, the building seats over 400 with quiet and group study rooms, audio and video workstations, and wireless internet access throughout 98,000 sf of space. The 200,000-volume library opened in July 2007and houses major media, special and rare book collections as well as the Wright archives donated by the founder and principal benefactor, an advocate for Wright principles.

Credits

  • Creative Sources Photography

  • New York Focus Studio