Bridge of Possibilities

The William J. Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock, Ark., has won several awards including an AIA National Honor Award for Architecture in 2006, an AIA/Committee on the Environment Top Ten Green Projects honorable mention in 2007, and an AIA/American Library Association Building Award in 2007.

Natural light was a key design element as President Clinton sought to emphasize openness, accessibility, and light. The west-facing glass bridge, however, proved challenging in Little Rocks hot, humid climate. The solution to controlling solar heat gain was a floating glass scrim with a sun-screening interlayer and coating.

The center’s main wing rises out over a 27-acre city park alongside the south bank of the Arkansas River that was previously home to an abandoned rail yard and old warehouses.

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