THIS UNIQUE LIBRARY SERVES AS BOTH a handrail and an intellectual center in the home of two Connecticut professors. Built into the stairwell, the stylish maple bookcases are also equipped with removable sliding panels and two-sided openings that allow more light to pass through the house.

CATEGORY: Library; ENTRANT/ARCHITECT: Centerbrook Architects and Planners, Centerbrook, Conn.; BUILDER: Clarion Construction Co., Berlin, Conn.