Library is Beacon of Green Design

The library's sustainable elements include a light-colored plaza and roof to reduce the heat island effect.
The library's sustainable elements include a light-colored plaza and roof to reduce the heat island effect.

The old public library in Los Gatos, Calif., had long been bursting at the seams. Built in 1964, the facility no longer had the capacity to accommodate the needs of the town's population, which had tripled over the past 50 years. The new 30,250-square-foot LEED Gold-certified library, which opened earlier this year, offers residents almost triple the space of its predecessor.

The January issue of American City & County features the building, describing the many features that earned it the LEED Gold status. Organizing the structure as a long, narrow form along an east-west axis maximizes views and natural light during the day while minimizing solar heat gain.The interior features a 35-foot-high lobby atrium with a grand staircase that incorporates a work of glass art from a Northern California artist....