Pico Branch Library

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Siting, program and architecture were guided by a public interactive design process. The resulting design offers a variety of study space options within an aspirational and informal setting. On Saturdays the front door of the library bumps into the edge of the Farmers Market, causing a resonance that energized the community and around which librarians develop programs about food and health. 

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The library jumps a fire lane to the west to find space for a community room and amphitheater, further engaging existing buildings that offer programs for teens, children, job seekers and seniors. 

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A distinctive, carved roof form emerged as an integrated approach to sustainability and daylight harvesting which contributed its LEED Platinum designation: visibility inside and out of the reading room is maximized by expansive shaded glass combined with the large skylights that balance light and minimize reflection. 


Completed 2014, LEED Platinum

Santa Monica, California

Santa Monica Public Library

7,500 SF Public Library

2018  AIA | ALA National Library Building Award
2016  AIA Los Angeles COTE Merit Award
2015  Architect’s Newspaper Best of Civic Design
2015  USGBC-LA Project of the Year
2015  USGBC-LA Innovation in Design Honor Award
2015  USGBC-LA Water Efficiency Honor Award
2015  Australian Institute of Architects Jørn Utzon Award
2015  Australian Institute of Architects International Award, Public Architecture
2015  New Landmark Libraries Award
2015  Westside Urban Forum Award
2015  Los Angeles Business Council Award

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