The San Jose Joint Library represents a unique collaborative effort between the City of San Jose and San Jose State University. The design team has facilitated a complex programming process to integrate the staff of the city and the university libraries in a way that optimizes their respective strengths. Once completed, the building will be the first large-scale CO FIRMGunnar Birkerts Architect Inc.ASSOCIATED FIRMAnderson Brule ArchitectsCAPACITY3,700COST PER SQ FT$250.00CITATIONWork in Progress CitationFEATURED IN1999 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYWork in Progress of an academic and public library in the United States.
The design approach responds to the challenge of a small corner site. The building’s plan creates a diagonal path that links the campus and the urban grid.
Administrative offices and special collections have been housed on the fifth floor to encourage interaction between library staff and users. Reader areas on the top floors provide a quiet work environment.
Photographer: ©Dave Harrison and ©Gerald Ratto
"Well-thought-out plan...tough site, tough project."—1999 jury