This design for this branch library won a national competition held by the San Francisco Public Library in 2002 and construction was completed in September 2009. Located on an
The most striking element of the front facade, positioned prominently at the corner, is an egg-shaped children's reading room with a large, bench-seat window that puts its user's activities on display and encourages use of the library by younger patrons. The children's room is capped by a high canopy roof, extending over the entry and the lower community room volume along
Inside, the spaces are designed to fuse historic interpretations of libraries as "temples of knowledge" with more common associations of books with the marketplace popularized by Borders and the like. In the main reading room, floor to ceiling books line the walls; regular circulation fills the lower shelves, while shelving above seven feet are filled with old books and artifacts donated by members of the community. The sloped ceiling of the space is capped with giant skylights coaxing sunlight deep into the room. Facing the courtyard, mahogany-clad carrels offer quite, intimate spaces to read and relax. Benches are built into the glass edges creating a simple and elegant relationship between courtyard and interior spaces.
Most importantly, this new branch library facilitates a central gathering space and enhances access to important resources for the neighborhood, while playing an essential role in the revitalization of
Women In Architecture Forum: Anne Fougeron's Tour of Ingleside Library
Anne Fougeron, FAIA will lead a tour of the award winning Ingleside Library.
Time: 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Location: Ingleside Library, 1298 Ocean Avenue, San Francisco
Cost: None; this tour is open to all. Please RSVP.
1.5 CES LUs
For more information: 510/464-3600