City of Los Angeles, Cultural Affairs Commission, 2003 Architectural Excellence Award



Pico-Union Branch Library
Los Angeles, California

Located within the historic Pico-Union neighborhood, the community requested that the building design respond to the turn of the century building type and style predominant throughout their area. The design recreates a Carnegie Library prototype with traditional reading rooms set behind a formal monumental brick and clay tile building form. 

The building is set back from the dense street trees with a decorative plaza and formal stairs leading to an arched entry porch. The facade features a triple arched entry porch at the center of the main mass and smaller decorative view windows at the axis of each room. 

On the interior a lobby leads through arches to a traditional book lined main reading space with a large central skylight and built-in computer work carrels. Arched openings lead to each of three separate beamed reading rooms for Teens, Children and Adults and rear stack room. Each room opens onto a tiled courtyard with seating and specimen trees.