Las Vegas Library and Lied Discovery Museum
833 Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, Nevada
United States of America

Antoine Predock 1990 

This unique structure sits on a hill with a commanding view of the Las Vegas valley. Described as a miniature citadel of culture, this library and museum features an assortment of architectural and geometric forms creating dynamic spaces in this multi-faceted facility. The functions housed in this facility include a children's museum with a 112-foot science tower. The administrative areas are defined by red sandstone walls. A white pre-cast concrete cone houses a birthday room with spiral apertures, whose locations are based on the Fibonacci numeric series. The reading room and library spaces are defined by barrel vaults.

Predock is known for his use of simple and bold forms which are devoid of ornamentation but include desert-inspired color schemes. Exterior materials consisting of sandstone and concrete were chosen to contend with Las Vegasí harsh desert climate.

 

The water feature, outdoor theater, and select landscape elements, such as palm trees, were removed or changed over time. No significant modifications to the building have been made since opening.

This facility serves as a popular and educational place for both local children and visitors to Las Vegas.

Jeanne Brown, Ernesto Podaca and Paulette Nelson 2005


How to visit

The library and Lied Discovery Museum are open to the public. Print the map from the Architecture Studies Library's Las Vegas driving tours at: www.library.unlv.edu/arch/lasvegas/downtown01a.html.

From I-15: Take I-15 North to the US-95 Phoenix/South exit. Head south on US-95 for 1/2 mile. Take the Las Vegas Blvd/Downtown exit. Turn left onto Las Vegas Blvd. The Las Vegas Library is near the corner of Las Vegas Blvd and Washington.

From US-95: Take US-95 to the Las Vegas Blvd exit. Proceed north on Las Vegas Blvd. Continue on Las Vegas Blvd for 1/2 mile. The Las Vegas Library is near the corner of Las Vegas Blvd and Washington.

For more information please call +1 702 507-3500. For library information, including opening hours, please visit www.lvccld.org/about/locations/lv.html

For the Lied Discovery Museum please visit www.ldcm.org.
 


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The Architecture Studies Library of the University of Nevada, whose staff have kindly contributed this page to galinsky, provide further information at www.library.unlv.edu/arch as well as additional Las Vegas architectural tours.  

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