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Rinconada Library
1213 Newell Road, Palo Alto, CA 94303

The rehabilitation of the Rinconada Library preserves the historical character of the original 1958 Edward Durell Stone building, while adding a 4,000 square feet for a new program room and group study rooms to expand and enhance the facility’s functionality as a modern library. Inspired by the geometry and materials of the historic building and landscape, the design of the expansion provides a vibrant, seamless experience for visitors. The library's historical features such as the luminous ceiling, redwood soffits, wood shingled roof, and exterior planting bowls were restored to their original vibrancy. The expansion was designed in collaboration with the community, who strongly supported the project via donations and a voter measure for capital construction.

"The jury noted that a number of Stone's buildings across the US have been renovated or altered in recent years, and this project rises to the difficult challenge of how to touch an important modernist work: how to respond to one and even enhance one without destroying it. Thoughtful projects like this will bring long overdue attention to the breadth and importance of Stone's work." - AIA San Francisco 2016

Merit Award - AIA San Francisco
Preservation Design Award - California Preservation Foundation
Project of the Year - APWA Silicon Valley Chapter
Preservation Award - Palo Alto Stanford Heritage
First Place - ASHRAE Golden Gate Chapter Award


Photos by Cesar Rubio