Borrego Springs, California
size: 14,000 SF, 3.2 acres
delivery method: Design Build
scope of services: library planning, interior design, full FF+E coordination with Owner’s own standards
collaboration: Roesling Nakamura Terada (RNT) Architects
- LEED Gold — anticipated
- Zero Net Energy — anticipated
Mr. Ralph Roesling, FAIA, Partner
363 Fifth Avenue, Suite 202 | San Diego, CA 92101
- new construction of modern, 21st century library
- large project for budget
- exemplary collaboration between design team, owner and users
- timeless, innovative design
The Borrego Springs Library is town jewel that sits in the middle of the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. This small town has a mere population of 3,500 people, is recognized for having magnificent wildflowers, and is a designated “international dark sky area.” The new 14,000 sq. ft. library is long awaited and utilized by the entire community.
The library’s location within the dark sky designation inspired the project to be focused on the galaxy. The wayfinding of the site and building take you on a journey through the cosmos with the sun located inside the library and Pluto at the far end of the park. Poets Patio is positioned for star gazing and Polaris Plaza can be used to set-up telescopes.
Connectivity is an important thread of the library. Inside patrons are connected to the solar system by the spiral galaxy found on the roofline, and are connected to their surroundings by cast glass windows that provide incredible views and an indoor/outdoor experience. The library ties into the park and other amenities and truly connects people not just to each other, but to the desert environment.
The large children’s area contains space for children of all ages including story time, a homework center, study rooms, and a teen center. The children’s area tends be more robust in terms of sound, but one can relax in the adult quiet spaces which feature comfortable lounge seating and view port windows. These are purposefully placed to invite sitting and provide optimal views of the mountains when seated. Other highlights of the library include a large multi-purpose room that is accessible 24/7/365. This community room has 2,000 sq. ft. of meeting space and provides AV/IT equipment, projectors, direct access to the patio, and a bi-folding door permitting the room to be separated into two spaces. It boasts a catering kitchen and service window allowing it to host all types of events. In addition, the library features a technology center with a 3D printer, computer lab, executive conference room with video conferencing, Friends of the Library Book Nook, and Conversation Cafe.
The success of this project stems from engaged community involvement and exceptional communication and collaboration of the entire team. The library serves as a wholesome destination for local townspeople and has become a central meeting and gathering place for all residents.