2020 Best of Design Award for Institutional—Library: Billie Jean King Main Library
Designer: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM)
Location: Long Beach, California
The new Billie Jean King Main Library is more than the traditional library of decades past. Positioned at the heart of downtown Long Beach, it is designed to provide a welcoming and flexible environment serving more than one thousand daily visitors. The state-of-the-art structural-timber building features distinct and identifiable interior spaces that maximize square footage and enhance user accessibility and staff efficiency. It also offers a rich program of activities in which reading and browsing through bookstacks are only a small part of the experience.
Project Name: Hunters Point Library
Designer: Steven Holl Architects