Hillview Library

San Jose, California

The existing Hillview Library in an East San Jose neighborhood was outdated and severely undersized. The key challenge was to create a strong civic image, while making the building visually compatible with its neighborhood. Significant attention was paid to vary the building’s massing to avoid a monotonous, institutional appearance. Building forms and colors are playful yet restrained. Interior activities are visible through the glazed entrance wall connecting inside and outside.

Sustainable design elements include bioswales, a storm water detention pond, reduced heat island effect, zero light pollution, low irrigation water usage, superior thermal envelope, superior HVAC performance (30% above ASHRAE), non-HCFC refrigeration system, construction waste recycling, recycled-content building materials from local sources, indoor air quality control both during and after construction, and extensive daylighting.


Award of Honor: AIA Santa Clara Valley Design Awards
Public library on an existing school site
Designed for LEED® certification
Festive and playful environment
Public art integrated into architecture


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