The new 30,000-square-foot Los Gatos Library, designed by Berkeley-based Noll & Tam Architects, is a daylit, sustainable gem for the community around the historic Pageant Grounds in Los Gatos, California. The two-story building draws its design inspiration from a lantern, working all day to bring light far into the building and at night to illuminate the area with views into the library.
The $14.2 million building is constructed at the foot of a wooded hillside across from the newly renamed Pageant Park. The design team at Noll & Tam Architects worked to minimize the footprint of the building on the wooded site, and therefore the two-story building has portions of the second floor cantilevered as design centerpieces. The natural hues of concrete, stone and wood-colored cladding reflect the colors of the surrounding environment.
The interior lobby is emphasized by a two-story volume with a staircase as the central focus. The light and airy feel of the lobby is partially due to the building’s glass-window walls transmitting copious amounts of daylight into the space. Interesting artwork pieces are displayed around the building, including a large etched glass art piece adjacent to the stairs. Though the floor plan is open and focused on large spaces, the designers were sure to incorporate moveable walls for flexibility.
The Los Gatos Library is pursuing LEED Gold Certification through daylighting, sustainable education, high performance systems, among many other design and construction components. Having just recently been finished, the library is open and is a must see when in Los Gatos.