The Saddleback College Library, built in 1972, has been “reinvented.” The design of the completed renovation was recently honored by the Orange County chapter of the American Institute of Architects.
“The facility was relatively dark and uninviting due to masses of exposed concrete, inadequate artificial lighting, lack of daylighting, and minimal connection to the outdoors,” according to the design firm gkkworks. “Each 33,000 square foot level contained only two windows, so gkkworks’ challenge was to create a visual connection to the exterior and draw daylight deep into the building.”
A translucent glass box and skylights now flood the third floor with light which is then channeled to other areas. Modern digital technology requires less space for physical books, so the main level of the Library has been broadened for other uses.