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Calabasas Civic Center & Library

Calabasas, California

City of Calabasas

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  • The new Calabasas Civic Center has created a new nexus for a new community, using and reinterpreting broadly embraced regional architectural traditions and making them relevant for the sustainable sensibility of our time.


  • The Library has a tall central hall, with clerestory windows illuminating the center of the large one-story space.
  • The arcaded library and city hall are contemporary interpretations of the Mediterranean style architecture prevalent in Southern California.
  • Drawing on the energy in “The Commons” shopping center to the east, this civic plaza will be a vibrant place for people to meet, eat lunch, and have fairs and other outdoor events, under shady trees and generously covered arcades.
  • The City Hall contains a two-story Council Chamber, seating 125, which is the focal point for city activities.
  • All workspaces are naturally daylit through concealed skylights and vertical clerestory windows. Low-energy lighting is controlled by photo-electric sensors to minimize their use.
  • Children's reading room - Spaces are infused with natural light and a close connection to the outdoors.
  • The new Civic Center is sited informally to create a variety of outdoor spaces, including a grove of olive trees, a civic plaza, and an amphitheater, that together will form the public heart of Calabasas.

people involved in this project:

Daniel S. Benjamin

AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Architecture + Design Leader

Sean Bani

PE, LEED AP
Electrical Engineering Leader