This San Francisco library acts as a space of public connection at the neighborhood and city scales.
The formal language is derived from the interaction between San Francisco's linear urban grid and its irregular landscape terrain.
This forms a stratified set of wooden louvers which change orientation to create spatial diversity throughout the building, while also visually mimicking the stratified view corridors of the city grid at an architectural scale.
The system molds itself to create spaces for various program, including study space, meeting rooms, book stacks, and a cafe.
The resulting architectural space creates a direct connection, a portal, between the Potrero Hill neighborhood and the larger San Francisco bay area.