Thursday, May 5, 2022

Brisbane Library earns recognition from local community and AIA San Francisco

 Sustainable project earns votes, award, and energy savings.

The newly completed Brisbane Library is a terrific example of the power of thoughtful, site- and climate-responsive design for communities. This community sought a new library that both stand out and fit in. The architecture team -- Siegel & Strain Architects and Karin Payson architecture + design -- delivered that and more in a compact 7,600 sf building on an 11,760 sf site.

Brisbane Library exterior
Brisbane Library exterior front view


Brisbane Library was designed to serve all generations in many ways. Daylight illuminates the community’s living room with a wide variety of places to sit with a book or to socialize with others. Flexibility allows adaptation to changing technologies and community needs. A community room can be a part of the library or separated for independent use in one large or a collection of a few smaller program rooms. The library and community room are designed to open into the courtyard or street-facing patios for indoor/outdoor experience.  

Brisbane Library community spaces


The project demonstrates sustainable water practices with on-site rainwater collection for irrigation, stormwater detention and low-flow toilet fixtures. Brisbane Library was included in our AIA 2030 portfolio to further our commitment to AIA’s carbon neutrality goals.

Brisbane Library sustainability model
Brisbane Library AIA DDx Energy Savings


The building has fans! Brisbane Library was recently selected by the Bay Area voting community for an AIA San Francisco Chapter People’s Choice Design Award.   

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