How new North Beach library rewrites architectural rule book

“Under any circumstances, San Francisco’s newest branch library would be an inviting addition to the North Beach landscape. The exterior is assertive without being flamboyant; the reading room, in its own modest way, is one of the best interior spaces you’ll find in a local civic building. When you consider the obstructions the project had to navigate – a closed-minded crusade that hasn’t yet stopped – the quality of what opens Saturday is even better. The 24th branch library to be built or remodeled since 2007 is small-scale urban architecture at its best, in sync with the past but thoroughly modern in look and feel. Where it pushes the boundary – literally, by extending into what was the 2000 block of Mason Street – the payoff for patrons more than justifies the move.” (via SFGate)

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