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West Hollywood Library / Johnson Favaro

West Hollywood Library / Johnson Favaro

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West Hollywood, United States
  • Architects: Johnson Favaro
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 48000.0 m2
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2011
  • Photographs Photographs: Benny Chan
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Arper, Dakota Johnson, Gordon International, MOSO, SMI Architectural Millwork, Tans Mineral, Worden
  • Contractor

    W.E. O’Neil
  • Structural Engineer

    Englekirk Institutional
  • MEP Engineer

    M-E Engineers
  • Civil Engineer

    KPFF Consulting Engineers
  • Traffic Analysis Consultants

    Iteris
  • Landscape Architect

    EPT Design
  • Cost Estimator

    Davis Langdon
  • Sustainability Consultant

    Davis Langdon
  • Energy Modeling Consultant

    Brummit Energy Consultants
  • Signage Consultant

    Follis Design
  • Library Planning Consultant

    Linda Demmers
  • Lighting Consultant

    Lightvision
  • Interiors Consultant

    Carol Cambianica
  • Food Service Consultant

    Kitchen Professionals
  • Waterproofing Consultant

    Paoli & Co.
  • Specifications Writer

    Technical Resources Consultants
  • Fire/Life Safety Consultant

    Aon Fire Protection Engineerings
  • Information Technology Consultant

    Waveguide Consulting
  • Acoustics Consultant

    McKay Conant Hoover
  • Parking Consultant

    Walker Parking
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© Benny Chan
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Text description provided by the architects. The library sits at the edge of the West Hollywood park and occupies the upper two floors of the three-story building. The second floor of the library sits one level above San Vicente Boulevard and at grade with the new park.

© Benny Chan
© Benny Chan

The main floor of the library is easily accessed from both the park and from San Vicente Boulevard. The library is arranged in two stories, with functions such as the circulation desk, children’s library, young adult collection, internet access, career development center and a second public meeting room at park level. Reference, fiction, nonfiction and special collections are on the upper level. 

© Benny Chan
© Benny Chan

The ground floor of the building consists of the entry motor court and drop-off area which provides access to parking structures behind the facility, a service and loading area for the library, flexible public meeting and event space, and a sidewalk café facing onto San Vicente Boulevard at sidewalk level. A partially subterranean parking facility for 90 cars – dedicated for library parking during library hours – sits behind and adjacent to the building at the ground floor level underneath new park open space. 

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The library is situated to maximize its relationship to the park, its stature as a key civic asset in the city, and it views from its upper floors of the city and Hollywood hills beyond. The architecture models the austerity of mid-century modernism of Southern California in combination with the flamboyancy of the Spanish baroque that characterizes some of the earliest buildings established in California. Its subdued palette contrasts with the bright colors and lights of the surround area of West Hollywood which houses design shops, restaurants, and night clubs. The library project achieves US Green Building Councils’ LEED certification at the silver level.

© Benny Chan
© Benny Chan

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Address: West Hollywood, CA, United States

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Cite: "West Hollywood Library / Johnson Favaro" 06 Apr 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/914492/west-hollywood-library-johnson-favaro/> ISSN 0719-8884

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