We are proud to be partnering with the City of Riverside in California to design the new SPC Jesus S. Duran Eastside Library.
A full-service library serving the needs of Riverside’s culturally diverse Eastside neighborhood, the library is anchored in SPC Jesus Duran’s (a US Medal of Honor recipient from the community) commitment to service and youth mentorship. The project is another key piece in Riverside’s ongoing effort to bridge the digital divide across its community and create accessible hubs for learning, innovation and connectivity.
Stemming from deep stakeholder engagement and three initial exploratory concepts, the design establishes the library as a beacon of light, opportunity, connectivity, and vibrancy for the community. The uniquely curved building is remarkably transparent and energy efficient thanks to a glazed façade featuring an exterior solar shade screen with a computationally designed pattern that celebrates Riverside’s rich culture.
This project speaks to why we are so passionate about the power of design. Not only can it be beautiful, but it can also empower a community with key resources and provide space for joy, connections, learning and individual agency. We are grateful to the City of Riverside for entrusting us with this opportunity and for the impact it represents to the community.”Kevin Nyhoff Design Principal
Modern programming equips the 15,000-sf building with highly adaptable indoor and outdoor maker spaces, separate children’s, teen and adult sections, multipurpose rooms and more. Radially aligned library stacks provide unobstructed views throughout the building, connecting users to the surrounding site and the activity within the building.
The consistent use and rhythm of V-shaped chevron brace columns elevates a functional response to the high seismic requirements of the building into a creative, dynamic and defining element of the architecture.
The interior continues the minimalist white palette of the exterior with pops of bright color and texture through furniture selections and bold artwork and mural installations from Riverside’s exciting local art scene.
Beyond the building: A community hub
More than just a vibrant new library, the Jesus S. Duran Library also establishes a multi-dimensional community hub.
Purposely sited in a supportive position to Riverside’s prominent and historic Cesar Chavez Community Center, the library establishes key synergies and a welcoming plaza of shared space. The building’s curvilinear roof transforms into a delicate perforated shade canopy over an exterior patio as it extends toward the community center. This move further opens and activates the space for the city’s library, parks, recreation, and community members to all use.
Moreover, the design ensures the existing parking lot will be reimagined as a welcoming plaza with enhanced lighting and parking solutions. This space will become a fantastic opportunity for connection and programmed civic events.
We are proud to bring our full-service team to this project, helping the City of Riverside with architectural design, sustainability consulting, full-service engineering, library planning, lighting design, cost estimating and more.
The new SPC Jesus S. Duran Eastside Library is an infusion of community vibrancy in the heart of Riverside; A building and an opportunity for an even brighter civic future.