Sims Memorial Library


The SLU Sims Library, built in 1975, was sited over an existing major drainage box-culvert. The building spanned over the area creating a ground level tunnel beneath the building.

A 'cave' concept was developed to simulate a naturally-occuring, water-carved tunnel. Vegetation was planted and boulders were strewn around the entrances. The retaining walls were arranged in fluid curvilinear forms to represent the water that carved the space. The retaining walls are seat height with each wall rising above the next. Each band features different aggregate materials of varying size and color.

The landscape plantings at the entrances feature timber bamboo which grows to a height of 60 feet.