American Institute of Architects, San Francisco Chapter

North Beach Branch Library

Merit Award


Located at the crossroads of North Beach in San Francisco, the new branch library provides expanded community services to the diverse urban neighborhood. As part of the re-envisioned Joe DiMaggio Playground, the new relocated library is a pavilion in the park and creates a civic lantern for the community.

The jury commented that this light filled library serves as an inviting pavilion in the park. It makes the most of a restrained palette and few simple moves addressing the scale and rhythm of the urban street front while anchoring the corner and connecting to the park. With its careful attention to scale and special qualities, the design for this small branch library fits the community, enlivens the park, and provides the kind of place people just want to be.

Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects
Bruce Damonte Photography
Marie Fisher Design
Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing
Ajmani & Pamidi Inc.
Architectural Lighting Design
Charles M. Salter Associates, Inc.
Cost Estimator
Davis Langdon (AECOM)
General Contractor
CLW Builders
Civil Engineer
Telamon Engineering Consultants
Structural Engineer
The Office of Cheryl Barton
San Francisco Public Library
Design Awards 2016