JEMA Reinvents the Loggia (And a Library Too)

Ancient Greek architecture is greatly admired by scholars, historians and architects alike. The near proportional perfection of space and form has been a source of inspiration for generations of architects.

One aspect of Greek architecture that doesn’t get the attention of components like the column or the pediment, is the Loggia. The Loggia, or covered area that is open on 3 sides and attached to a main structure, was a common feature in ancient Greek residences. The creation of the Loggia allowed Grecian’s to enjoy being outside while being protected from the sun and rain. The Loggia eventually became a more formalized archetype that carried forward to Roman architecture and featured prominently in the architecture of the Renaissance.

The idea of the Loggia is reinterpreted by JEMA and applied to Scenic Regional Library’s newest library. JEMA transforms the library’s entry and main facade from a static one dimensional space into a dynamic, multi-dimensional space by creating an outdoor, but covered, space for gathering, reading, playing and people watching.

The historic Loggia and the classic American front porch are combined to create a new type of space where people are connected to fresh air, sunshine…and to each other.

The Greek “loggia”, was it the first outdoor reading room? Did Aristotle teach Alexander the Great here?
Did Homer write and read here?
the Loggia in Italy from the Roman Empire. Did Virgil write the Aeneid here?
There is nothing more archetypal American than the “front porch”….but it origins spring from Anaximander.
the Loggia is “outdoors”, but clearly a space, a room…a singular and original space.
the Loggia connects people to nature
People want to be in the Loggia.
the Loggia looks upon the entry…people watching is serious business
Scenic Regional’s Loggia is covered by a wood ceiling with lighting for evening “being”.
the Loggia provides shade and a cool respite in the Summer months.
the Loggia is private and defined, but open and welcoming.
The building facade cuts back at an acute angle while the roof is orthogonal. The resulting geometry is the Loggia.