Double skin facade.
An intricately-engineered exterior renews a 1910 library.
Panoramic views without energy penalty
Founded in 1910, Manhattan Beach Library is one of the oldest continuous libraries in the Los Angeles Public Library system. As Executive Architect, we partnered with Design Architect Johnson Favaro to build a structure that meets the evolving needs of its surrounding community.
The design is an example of a successful integration of building design and systems. HED modeled a double-layer (double-skin) façade system which is a common European technique that is still cutting edge in the United States. Treating this double façade like a giant air plenum, the design re-uses rather than expels the heat from the conditioned exhaust air, circulating it within the double façade, reducing cooling and heating load needs. This allows for large expanses of glazing with a high degree of transparency without a major energy penalty.