Kia Village Library

November 2016 | Kia, Solomon Islands

In 2015, I led the design team at Wood Research and Development to design and build a library for the village of Kia, in the Solomon Islands. The libraray would house a collection that had recently been donated to the grade shcool in the village.

The primary structure consists of glulam timbers; the walls and roof are made from structural insulated panels (SIPs). A key requirement was a climate control system to protect the books from the extreme humidity of the tropical climate. Since there are no utilities in the village, a photovoltaic system was provided to power the HVAC and lighting.

We prefabricated the structure in our Oregon faciltiy and then shipped the materials to Kia. I traveled to the village to supervise construction along with a team of volunteers and local workers.