Otay Mesa/Nestor Branch Library Expansion

San Diego, CA

The Otay Mesa Library, designed for the City of San Diego, extends the mission of a library facility beyond that of merely a home for books. It embraces the notion of the library as an important resource and anchor for the community. The public entrance and lobby have been designed to become a link between the traditional library functions of the existing building and the new community rooms.
The existing 10,000 SF building, which maximizes day lighting and views of the courtyard, has been reconfigured to allow for efficient use of new stacks, library offices, and reading alcoves for children. Housing the community meeting and media rooms, the 5,000 SF addition has been given a place of prominence at the corner of the site where a 20 foot-tall structural glass wall gives a glimpse of the main community room to the public from the street. All of these wrap around a tranquil courtyard, which has become a community room for neighborhood residents.

Client: City of San Diego, CA
Completion: 2005
Size: 15,000 SF
  • American Public Works Association San Diego