Ingleside Branch Library is located on an Ocean Avenue corner lot in San Francisco, California. This building is designed by Fougeron Architecture and Group 4 Architecture, consists of a main reading room, children’s reading room, community room, staff support space and an outdoor garden. It has L-shaped scheme that allows the main reading room and community room volumes to flank and define a central courtyard.

From the outside, the building has two major architectural elements, an egg-shaped room and the high canopy roof. The egg-shaped room is children’s reading room with a large, bench-seat window that puts its user’s activities on display and encourages use of the library by younger patrons. It is capped by a high canopy roof which strengthens the civic presence of the one-story structure and extended over the entry and the lower community room volume.

This building is provide a central gathering space and enhances access to important resources for the neighborhood. The robust, light-filled, and sustainable architectural design is made to shows that the building can valuing the accessibility of knowledge and education to everyone.

“Inside, the spaces are designed to fuse historic interpretations of libraries as “temples of knowledge” with more common associations of books with the marketplace popularized by Borders and the like. In the main reading room, floor to ceiling books line the walls; regular circulation fills the lower shelves, while shelving above seven feet are filled with old books and artifacts donated by members of the community. The sloped ceiling of the space is capped with giant skylights coaxing sunlight deep into the room. Facing the courtyard, mahogany-clad carrels offer quite, intimate spaces to read and relax. Benches are built into the glass edges creating a simple and elegant relationship between courtyard and interior spaces.”

Photography by Joe Fletcher

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