Commerce Public Library
The renovation of the City of Commerce’s Central Library presented a unique opportunity to develop an innovative solution for a progressive city. The City of Commerce became its own city when it succeeded from the County of Los Angeles back in 1960, after the County threatened to take away their library. Since then the city has gone through some dramatic transformations and renovations and the library has remained untouched in its original location of the 1960’s warehouse where it resides. Our initial investigation of the site revealed a series of north facing sawtooth skylights that had been covered up and left unused. The design solution derives the main idea and formal gesture from these skylights along with the structural form of the warehouse. Exposing these skylights opens the space up to natural daylight, allowing the space to be flooded with beautiful diffused north light. The solution looks to evoke sensibilities from the library’s past, while bringing the library into the future with new formal gestures, modern technologies and sustainable thinking.