Langston Hughes Library

A new library and gift shop were built into an existing cantilevered barn structure, maintaining the integrity of the existing structure while slipping an inner skin inside.


Lighting emphasizes the reflective atmosphere of the library by architect Maya Lin. Diffuse light and lights embedded inside of the walls create shadow, further accentuated with warm light.

Location Clinton, TN, USA
Date Completed 1998
Architect Maya Lin Studio
Client Children’s Defense Fund
Type Universities + Libraries
size2,000 ft2 / 185 m2
Status Built

L'Observatoire Intl Team
Principal Hervé Descottes
Project Leader Dusti Helms
Photo Credits Timothy Hursley