ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center

Charlotte, North Carolina

Serving the youth of Charlotte, ImaginOn combines library and theater functions and is dedicated to creating a space where visitors experience the written, spoken, and electronic word in an integrated environment. Users respond to stories in multi-sensory ways, and interactive features encourage them to participate in creating their own stories. The nurturing of young people at every stage of their development allows them to discover their individual potential and to challenge their intellect. The building is a story all its own, captivating the minds and imagination of families. As a center for learning, the building aims to build public awareness of environmental responsibility. The first LEED Silver public building in Charlotte, it set an example for other public buildings in the area. Natural, local, and regionally produced materials were used in conjunction with recycled-content materials. Controlled natural light reduces the need for artificial lighting. Exterior shading devices on the perimeter glass walls, combined with the use of day-lighting, reduces energy consumption and the requirements placed on mechanical systems.

City of Charlotte
114,000 SF 250 and 550 Seat Multi-purpose Theaters
Children's Library, Teen Library, Related Support Facilities, Technology Center, Rehearsal Rooms, Classrooms, Teacher Training Rooms
Gantt Huberman Architects