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Redondo Beach North Branch Library

community gathering spot expresses look and feel of redondo beach 

Located in downtown Redondo Beach, California, the contemporary red façade and playful palette of this community library make a bold statement. The open, user-friendly layout is clean and spacious, with a playful palette of lime green, red, yellow and blue punctuating the otherwise neutral, airy space. There are reading and tutoring rooms, a community room, and plenty of spaces for studying.

Designed with a sustainable focus, the building features a roof design that forces rainwater to flow to the end of the parking lot, where it can be collected in a retention basin; the use of site orientation and windows which take advantage of daylighting; and a landscaping plan that includes shade trees and drought-tolerant plants and grasses. 

The overall effect is impactful, but it was designed and built on a modest budget. Every element of North Branch Library was developed via a collaborative process which engaged community residents and stakeholders. The extensive sustainable design elements led to LEED-Gold certification of the building.