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Lake View Terrace Branch Library

Lake View Terrace, California

City of Los Angeles Public Library

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  • A model of environmentally sustainable design, the library’s energy use is 40% more efficient than a non-sustainable library building of similar size.


  • The library is a model of environmentally sustainable design, a civic landmark with an enduring presence designed to serve its community for generations
  • The building plan responds to the desire expressed by the community to have a library that reflects the rancho tradition of the region, with interior spaces organized around an open central courtyard.
  • A spacious main reading room enjoys dramatic views of the park to the south. The orientation of the building and shaping of its forms protects the interior spaces from direct sunlight, controlling heat gain, and preventing glare while maximizing daylight and views.
  • Lighting needs are based on light-level surveys of successful libraries, permitting the use of more precise lighting levels than rule-of-thumb standards. Typical fixtures include dimmable ballasts controlled with photocells in daylight zones and occupancy sensors with timers, where appropriate.
  • Key to the building’s high level of sustainability were building siting and orientation, landscaping, building envelope, electrical lighting applications and controls, thermal comfort systems, and life-cycle low embodied energy materials.
  • A passive evaporative cooling tower marks the building entry and captures prevailing winds, delivering cooled air into the library lobby and courtyard.The building’s arched forms enhance cross ventilation of interior volumes through pressure differentials created on either side of these spaces.
  • The orientation of the building and shaping of its forms protects the interior spaces from direct sunlight, controlling heat gain, and preventing glare while maximizing daylight and views. Light shelves, overhangs, recesses, fins, louvers and spectrally selective glazing shape sunlight for superior interior light quality.

people involved in this project:

J. Peter Devereaux

FAIA, LEED AP
Chairman and CEO