This branch of the Scottsdale Public library is rooted to its Southwest site. It is a expression of desert survival: hunkered down, with a rough exterior skin with minimal apertures that protects the delicate interior. It could also be seen as a Geode, a crystalline interior camouflaged as just another unassuming stone. The precast concrete structure turns its back to the harsh Arizona sun and wraps itself around a northern courtyard shared by all of the individual program areas. This courtyard also becomes a place for the nearby school and community to gather after-hours for evening plays or social gatherings.