The library acts as the social and civic hub that will connect the residents of Borrego Springs. The design celebrates the unique environment and ecology of the desert, the dark sky and star-gazing, and the uniqueness of the history of this desert community.
The proposed library design incorporates inviting social plazas and gathering spaces, both interior and exterior, to be utilized by the community groups. Site-specific design elements act as hosts for educational opportunities by incorporating constellation mapping and references to local historical cultures.
The overall form of the building is a rectangle with a nearly flat ramada-style roof, which functions as an all-encompassing shading strategy. Inspired by the local natural environment’s colors and textures, the exterior finishes complement the natural surroundings. The primary cladding materials are weathered steel, stucco, and natural stone all in hues that complement the surrounding mountain colors. The northern façade is primarily glazed and shaded by the roof to allow unobstructed views towards Indianhead Peak. The strategy also brings indirect natural lighting deep into the interior spaces reducing the need for artificial lighting. The southern façade is predominantly opaque with playful small apertures to reduce heat gain and unwanted harsh southern sunlight.