Yorba Linda Public Library & Cultural Arts Center
Community Improvement Project
The two-story public library and single-story cultural arts center on 4.7 acres of undeveloped property for the City of Yorba Linda provides a replacement library for the existing facility located three blocks away. The library consists of approximately 46,000 SF, which is almost double the previously facility space. The Cultural Arts center consists of a mezzanine of approximately 14,000 SF. The parking area of the site contains charging spaces for electrical vehicles as well as designated parking for clean air vehicles.
Both buildings share an adjoining outdoor paseo. The library building features areas for children, tween, teen, and adults, group study rooms, quiet areas, a storytime theater, a Friends of the Library bookstore, a dividable community room, DIY spaces, and other collaborative areas. The Cultural Arts Center features a flexible black box theater, an arts studio, an adjoining exterior arts yard, a dance studio, and an adjacent outdoor events lawn.
The project stands out due to its contemporary modern design with plenty of natural ambient lighting through the extensive use of glazed curtain wall systems and skylights. The roof line has multiple slopes and angles to mimic the foothills when seen from a distance. A palette of timeless, natural materials provides an inviting warmth while embellishing the civic stature of the buildings and site.
This project serves its community gracefully, emphasizing the extensive use of woods, steel, and glass to give it a modern, yet welcoming and comforting appearance. The buildings are not rectangular but instead incorporate many angles in the foundation as well as the roof top which ensure many different elevations depending on the angle from which it is viewed. The project is a technical design and construction accomplishment due to the many different angles and materials used.
The Yorba Linda Public Library and Cultural Arts Center consists of a new approximately 46,000 SF library and a cultural arts center consisting of approximately 14,000 SF that includes a flexible black box theater, an arts studio, an adjoining exterior arts yard, a dance studio, and an adjacent outdoor events lawn. Both buildings share an adjoining outdoor paseo.