West Portal Branch Library
I stop by at least twice a week. Such a cool, cozy, clean building.
San Francisco, California
6,500 SF renovation / 2,000 SF addition
In collaboration with Karin Payson Architecture + Design
Preserve and restore the architectural beauty and historic character of the library while incorporating modern technology and building systems. Give the community an environmentally responsible and welcoming building they can be proud of.
The historic building was carefully restored, and a compatible addition with new elevator expands the library and improves accessibility. Inside, original ceiling stencils and woodwork were restored, and energy efficient lighting fixtures consistent with the building's WPA-era style were installed. The design focuses on healthy interiors, energy and water efficiency, and re-engages the building with its urban neighborhood through new bike parking and public outdoor seating.