VILLAGE SQUARE BRANCH LIBRARY
San Jose, CA
Client: City of San Jose, Department of Public Works
Construction Cost: $8,300,000 – New Construction
Size: 16,000 sq.ft.
LEED®-NC Certification Silver (estimate)
The Library is the community anchor
Computer 3D rendering (SketchUp, V-Ray) had been implemented throughout the concept design phase.
Along Classico Avenue shows the activity inside the library. Creating “showroom” like for learning environment.
Library Floor Plan
Library Finish Plan – The idea came from the fountain right outside the library. It is the fountain of community and knowledge that flow right through the different part of the building.
Children’s Area, the heart of the Library
SketchUp animation showing the concept design for the Children’s Gateway. It is a quick and friendly way to show the client and the community how the space would look like in 3D. Thie is “option 1 – Enchanted Forest” that was presented.
This is “Option 2 – Clock Tower and Miniature City”. It is representing a children’s world of learning. The area is filled with colorful numbers and learning graphic. At the end, this is the option that was selected by the client.
Custom murals representing the history of the Evergreen Village.
Colorful and fun signage helps kids learn how to count.
Children’s Area, there’s a lot happening during playtime. Little ones are lifting, dropping, looking, pouring, bouncing, hiding, building, knocking down, and more. And while they are having all this fun, they are also learning. They are learning how to solve problems (such as how to get the block tower to stand up) and discovering new things. They are experimenting with new roles and language during dress-up time or role playing, and figuring out how to use their bodies in new ways on the playground.
Our design goal is to create a connection between inside and outside. Having a full glass window bringing in natural light creating friendly reading area for all ages.
Community Room is designed to be open and highly visible to the public. One that is designed to allow community functions to flow from inside to out.
Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 11:00am
The community celebration featured welcome remarks and ribbon cutting by Mayor Sam Liccardo, Vice Mayor Rose Herrera and City Librarian Jill Bourne. It was a a remarkable turnout with the highest number of people attending the celebration in the City of San Jose Public Library’s record.