In Brief

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.

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.

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