MANHATTAN BEACH LIBRARY
LocationMahattan Beach, CA
Designed by Johnson Favaro Architects and construction by CW Driver, the new ‘Award Winning’ 22,500 sf two-story library, completed in 2015, replaced the previous one-story facility at twice the size on a smaller footprint. A new open space of grass and trees was created at the heart of the Civic Center. This space features a gentle slope to create a modest amphitheater for outdoor community events of all kinds. The second floor offers panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean from Malibu to Palos Verdes with Catalina Island to the south. The exterior building envelope features a double glass wall separated by an air space that functions as insulation and return air plenum for the mechanical systems.