Harbor Gateway Branch Library

Harbor City, CA

Project Details


City of Los Angeles


Carde Ten Architects


24000 S. Western Avenue
Harbor City, CA 90710

Completion Date:

Tue, January 2nd, 2007


This library was one of the first in the City to achieve a LEED certification. It has low water landscaping, generous glazing to the north, 30 separate computer stations, and a separate community room for both library and neighborhood functions. The Library function is essentially three main reading rooms with support spaces deployed nearby. The reading rooms enjoy full height glazed walls to the north and are separated by lower roofed computer stations. The rooms overlook a garden that screens them from the parking lot. Both spot and linear skylights bring light into the center of the buildings, illuminating the circulation spine and the stacks area. An oval form housing a children’s reading room provides the idiosyncratic end condition to the east.