San Francisco Public Library
Completed in 2013
San Francisco Public Library’s new Bayview Branch Library replaces the existing 1969 branch library with a new one-story building. The library meets increasing program needs and provides an open, inviting, and secure confluence for this urban community. It is designed around an inner courtyard that brings light and natural ventilation to the center of the building. The light illuminating the corner entry from within serves as a beacon for the neighborhood.
The library design has been inspired by both the multifaceted history of Bayview/Hunters Point and African and African America art and architecture. The exterior includes etched panels with images related to the neighborhood’s history. The floor plan is designed to create distinct areas for adults, teens and children, while maintaining good visibility throughout the building. A community room with an after-hours entry opens up to the children’s area with a large moveable wall, providing an option for larger children’s programs.
The project's water-use reduction is projected to be 40% better than code, and its energy use is reduced by 41%. LEED Gold certification is pending.