Riverside Main LIBRARY
Client:City of Riverside
Size and Cost:40,000 SF; $30 M
Principals:Steve Johnson, Jim Favaro
Project Architect:Steve Johnson
Associate Principal:Brian Davis
Design Associate:Cesar Murillo
This three-story building on Mission Inn Avenue in downtown Riverside will span over Fairmont Boulevard which bisects the 2 ½ acre library site that lies on the eastern edge of downtown. The new facility will operate as the downtown main library within an eight-branch city library system. The library will occupy 1/3 of the site, a high-rise, mixed-use development the other 2/3. Most of the library will reside at the second floor 36 feet in the air to capture both a sense of stature for the library and the spectacular panoramic views of the mountain ranges surrounding the city.
The ground floor will remain open air to accommodate outdoor (shaded) community functions and events (such as farmers markets, festivals and book fairs). The library will feature a shaded outdoor terrace at the second floor facing southwest toward Mount Rubidoux a prominent local landmark. High column free space at the second and third floors will accommodate maximum flexibility in the library's interiors enabling it to adapt to changing times. Views from the main reading areas will look out onto the San Gabriel, San Bernardino and Box Spring mountains to the west, north and east.