Snøhetta’s design for the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library was recently selected as the winning entry in a competition to design the facility. The design is informed by the President’s personal reflections on the landscape, his commitment to environmental stewardship, and the periods of quiet introspection and civic engagement that marked his life.
The facility is conceived as a journey through a preserved landscape of diverse habitats, punctuated with small pavilions providing spaces for reflection and activity. Set at the northeast edge of a butte, the landscape is preserved for conservation research while offering a setting for educational walks, leisure, and recreation. Paths will connect to the nearby Maah Daah Trail and several small pavilions. These pavilions will range from small nooks to expansive vistas.
An accessible rooftop provides views of the National Park, connecting visitors to Roosevelt’s legacy. At night, the roof will provide an ideal location for stargazing. A covered porch that overlooks the nearby valleys can be used for gatherings throughout the year. Additionally, large windows will highlight views to historically significant landscapes and blur the line between interior and exterior.
The library’s construction will use locally sourced and renewable materials while sophisticated energy systems will set a new standard for sustainable design in the region. The design also mitigates the impact of wind and other climatic factors so the library will be accessible in all seasons.