New San Francisco Library Hopes To Become Community Hub

New San Francisco Library Hopes To Become Community Hub

The Ingleside Branch Library in San Francisco is designed to be a meeting place for young and old and have a low impact on the environment.

Dave Pinter, PSFK
  • 28 december 2009

Earlier this year we spotted the innovative library in East Germany that was designed to be more of a community gathering place than a traditional building for books. Following along those lines is a new Ingleside Branch Library in San Francisco designed to be a meeting place for young and old and have a low impact on the environment. The library has reading rooms, community meeting areas, and a garden.

Fougeron Architecture and Group 4 Architecture won a national design competition back in 2002 for the new branch. The design makes clever use of a corner lot. The exterior forms give a hint of the functions of the building. The egg shaped section on the corner is a reading room for kids.

The multi-level roof shields the sun from the main building keeping it cool and requiring less energy for air conditioning. Skylights let natural light into the main spaces of the building also saving energy.

The courtyard garden is shielded from the road noise by the building. Many of the interior spaces have views out to the garden. The architects specified native plants so maintenance and watering could be kept to a minimum. Eventually a playground will be added to the garden.

Both the East Berlin and San Francisco libraries are interesting examples of the reinventing of what a library could be.

[via arch daily]


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