Built as a model for future construction, the Skyline Hills Library opened in 2016 as one of the most modern and efficient buildings in the City of San Diego. The new single-story, 15,000 square-foot, Skyline Hills Branch Library was built on a 3.6-acre lot located west of the old library’s previous location. The new facility was designed to address the needs of the Skyline Hills and Paradise Hills communities and encourage interaction and activity. This project supports the City’s sustainability and climate action goals of reducing the City’s carbon footprint, increasing efficiencies, improving the quality of life, and making the best use of taxpayer funds.
The public plaza and inviting landscape frame the building and create an open invitation to the site. The architecture expands the invitation and provides inspiration, intrigue and excitement through the eloquent sweep of its roof form. This curved roof creates an inspiring and uplifting icon for the community, while promoting the theme of “Dream-Hope-Inspire,” and inspiring a powerful sense of place and civic pride. A timeless design theme is achieved through the unique interior architecture and the use of materials/furniture and colors that enhance the mind, body, and spirit while introducing warmth, comfort, and whimsy. The essence of the design concept for Skyline Hills Branch Library is rooted in the celebration of community, education, diversity and inspiration to DREAM. HOPE. INSPIRE. The new facility will provide a welcoming gateway to the Skyline-Paradise Hills community for both young and old to enjoy for generations to come.