The modernization and expansion of a mid-century library redefines its engagement of the community and anchors the area’s first civic plaza.
SAN LORENZO LIBRARY
San Lorenzo, CA
A generous “front porch” formed by a dramatic butterfly roof overhang reverses the introverted precursor’s orientation. Since the library’s opening, the porch alone has become a local landmark, hosting everything from food truck picnics to bike clinics, and promising many imaginative opportunities to come.
The project was developed in coordination with extensive public feedback, and weaves San Lorenzo’s cultural and built history into a destination that celebrates the area’s unique identity. Since opening this project has become a model for future facility improvements within the Alameda County Library system.
- Client: Alameda County Library
- Design team: Group 4; murakami/Nelson Architectural Corporation
- Scope: Modernization and expansion; urban infill
- Status: Complete
- Photography: Technical Imagery Studio