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Huntington Beach Central Library | by Chimay Bleue
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Huntington Beach Central Library

Architects: Richard Neutra and Dion Neutra (1970 - 1975)

Location: Huntington Beach, CA

 

Richard Neutra and his son, Dion, were selected as the architects for the this library after a lengthy interview and screening process, and Richard Neutra provided the original design vision. But he died shortly thereafter (in 1970), and it was left to Dion to complete the project.

 

It's an interesting concept, where the overall building acts as a sort of shelter, encapsulating numerous areas that act as almost self-contained zones. The area where the books are kept, for example, is a free-standing, multi-level cage that is accessed by crossing bridges and staircases over planters that form a sort of moat. There are water features, tropical trees, and atriums all acting to bring the outside into the building, and it works quite well. A very impressive structure which has stood the test of time.

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Taken on February 2, 2013