Lafayette Library & Learning Center

Lafayette, CA

  • Client : City of Lafayette
  • Cost : $30M
  • Size : 70,000 SF
  • Completion Date : 2010
  • Project Type(s) : Libraries and Fire Stations


  • The buildings of the Lafayette Library and Learning Center embrace the sloped topography of the site, defining a pedestrian street that extends the full length of the site and features a landscaped amphitheater, intimate reading areas and outdoor cafe seating.
  • The Main Library spaces are supported by wood paralam columns and trusses, defining a modern interpretation of the distinctive Bay Area architectural style. High clerestory glazing infuses the interior with natural light, and deep overhangs provide protection from heat gain and glare. The Children’s Library features a large shaded patio, reading nooks, a stepped storytelling corner and fanciful round windows in the shape of the Big Dipper.
NEIGHBORHOOD FAVORITE : The Lafayette Reservoir

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