Santa Clara Northside Branch Library

Santa Clara, California

Located in the heart of the Rivermark neighborhood—a vibrantly diverse community filled with residents of all ages and many of whom are recent immigrants from Asia, India and Latin America—the design of this state-of-the-art library is a celebration of that diversity. The interiors are a colorful “tapestry,” a symbol of the community’s many nationalities, languages, and ethnic backgrounds.

The single-story building features a grand entry plaza with a glass canopy and a reading courtyard with views of Live Oak Park. The library houses disparate areas for young children, teens and adults, including both collaborative zones and more private, quiet study spaces. Each area is designed to have its own personality through the use of distinct furniture, finishes and colored lighting fixtures. There is also a training center and a large program room available for community activities. The library houses a collection of 50,000 items. In addition to the more traditional books, audio-books and movies, the collection includes e-books and database content that is all accessible online. Numerous computer workstations and Wi-Fi are available throughout the building.

Designed to achieve LEED Silver certification, the library employs a number of green strategies. Clerestory windows throughout the space maximize natural daylighting. Among other features, water-efficient landscaping, motion-controlled energy-saving light fixtures, and increased building insulation simultaneously save resources and reduce energy costs.

Completed
2014
Client/Owner
City of Santa Clara
Size
17,500 SF; 2,053 SF Community Room
Program
Library, Community Program Room, Group Study Areas, Public Art
Services
Master Planning, Programming, Design through Construction
Awards
2014 AIA Santa Clara Valley, Design Award, Citation, Interior Architecture
Sustainability
Designed to LEED Silver
Project Delivery Method
Design-Bid-Build

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