Civic Renaissance

Hyde Park Library

Los Angeles, CA

Light, Texture and Life

A sculptured copper-clad cornice maximizes natural light, allowing it to travel through large clerestory windows and deep into the reading areas. Design inspiration was drawn from the rich colors and syncopated textures of traditional African clothing and sculpture, as well as the vitality of contemporary music and dance motifs.

Expanding Community Role

The project's dynamic massing reflects the primary functions of the library—reading areas, a community meeting room and administrative offices. An entry plaza doubles as an overflow space for the varied community events and meetings held at the new facility, which is double the size of its predecessor.

Forward-looking Growth

Built on the site of a firebombed market that has stood empty since the 1992 LA Riots, this library has become a source of community pride and symbol of rebirth. Community participation in the design process yielded a design vocabulary that honors African-American cultural traditions and creates a memorable icon for the resurgent neighborhood.

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