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Source: Ehrlich Architects

The Westwood Branch of the Los Angeles Public Library opened in May. The site’s tight size (approximately 18,350 square feet) posed special challenges with regard to access and parking. By raising the library to the second floor, we allowed for three levels of parking…a new paradigm for an L.A. branch library. A two-story atrium connects the library to the plaza, community room, and street. The neighboring cemetery, a final resting place for numerous Hollywood icons such as Marilyn Monroe and Burt Lancaster, adds an uncharacteristic green space for this neighborhood urban oasis, and the views of it were maximized throughout the design.