About the project


The Imagination Center, a library and park proposed in Madison, WI | by JLA Architects

About the Project

Madison Public Library in partnership with the City of Madison is planning a new library and community facility at Reindahl Park on the city’s northeast side. The 91-acre park is located near the intersection of East Washington Avenue and Portage Road. Based on findings from the library system’s 2016 plan for strategic growth, the Imagination Center will close the gap for library services in the area, with many residents seeking a place that offers not just books but services like citizenship and immigration resources, community gathering spaces, and literacy assistance. The architectural design focuses on creating a safe place for social interaction, civic engagement, and cultural expression.


1818 Parkside Drive
Madison, WI


The 17,468 s.f. development includes a large pavilion building and a new City of Madison library.
The library is centralized around the circulation desk which is designed to allow for visual monitoring of the many spaces. Specialty spaces include multiple meeting rooms, classroom spaces, a separate family hub, reading room, and a comfort room, along with admin offices.
Outdoor spaces include: an Anji play area, solar tree, event area, seating nooks, expansive patio areas with seating.
A 580 s.f. vestibule connects the pavilion with the library


On the boards