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Burlingame Library
480 Primrose Road, Burlingame, CA 94010

Group 4 took to heart the Burlingame community’s desire to build a much larger library without losing the charm of the original 1930s Italianate building, resulting in an expansion so well integrated that it feels like a wholly new building. Significant details from the original library were cast and reproduced in the addition in a seamless integration of the old and the new. The new library offers high levels of service and enhances the unique character of downtown Burlingame.

The distinctive entry tower showcases the library’s collection of 17th and 18th century tapestries. A spacious skylit stairway provides a clear wayfinding cue, guiding customers to the public rooms on three floors. The library also features a flexible electronic infrastructure as well as energy-conserving mechanical and electrical systems.

American Libraries Magazine featured the library on its cover.

Honor Award – AIA San Mateo County Chapter