Located in Arizona, United States, Show Low Library was designed by Shepley Bulfinch. Striding ahead as one of the fastest-growing communities in Arizona, the city of Show Low in the White Mountains region is home to a highly fluctuating number of residents. The city’s permanent population of 8,000 is almost doubled in the seasonal months as residents from the neighbouring cities of Tuscon and Phoenix flock to the elevated sunspot to bask in its warming glow.
As a rapidly-developing district, it was decided that Show Low was in drastic need of a downtown centre; an institutional hub where the community could gather and socialise with both permanent and seasonal residents. Local practice Shepley Bulfinch (formally known as merzproject architecture + urban design) was selected to instigate a two-part streetscape improvement plan, creating a state-of-the-art library from the ground-up and transforming the existing library building into an expansive City Hall.