Monte Vista Elementary School, Library
Santa Barbara, California
A mix of the mid-century modern architecture of the existing campus and sustainable design, the Monte Vista Elementary School Library is inspiring to all ages.
Sustainable design elements include:
Building oriented to maximize daylighting
Overhangs on southern windows
Glazing on north-facing facades (high north-facing windows feature views to COST PER SQ FT$400.00FEATURED IN2016 Educational Interiors ShowcaseINTERIOR CATEGORYLibraries/Media Centers mountains)
A large sloped roof plane that faces south to accommodate solar panels in the future
Operable windows that take advantae of the cool coastal California climate
To anticipate the school’s future needs and programs, the interior layout was designed for maximum flexibility. The librarian’s desk is placed in the core of the library, which creates a central place to check out books and ask for help. It also maximizes the librarian’s visibility throughout the space for security and supervision purposes.
Incorporated into the main reading room are three teaching zones, and double glass doors lead to a large media classroom. The library also houses two tutoring classrooms and three staff offices in the east wing. The new exterior landscape creates exciting spaces for students to enjoy reading in the outdoor environment.