ABA worked with the City of San José to appropriately locate a new branch library, ball fields and parking within a master plan of approximately 19 acres in central San José. The library anchors the corner of the overall site with a barn-shaped form that reflects the agrarian past. The tall windows of the children’s area act as retail beacons to the facing busy road. The project incorporates an under floor air distribution system so that, despite its lofty volume, energy consumption is vastly decreased from standard practices. The sustainably designed project received a Water Quality Award for exemplary water efficiency and water treatment strategies.
Photographer: Pierre Brulé