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Publication Date: 2014-08-31

Inspiration

A Hidden Architectural Gem in Los Angeles

It makes sense that the most stylish library in Los Angeles is located a stone’s throw from the Pacific Design Center, the city’s design hub. The talented design duo from Washington D.C.- and Miami-based interiors firm Brown Davis brought this architectural gem to our attention and below they show us some of their favorite spots inside.

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Photography: Steven Kay

The spacious reading room of the LEED-certified West Hollywood Library designed by architects Steve Johnson and Jim Favaro overlooks the Pacific Design Center.

Photography: Steven Kay

Artwork in the grand stairwell, Platanus Bibliotechalis, by David Wiseman depicts sycamore branches in porcelain, steel and bronze sprouting copper, brass and steel leaves. The art provides the link between the park that surrounds it and the library itself.

Photography: Steven Kay

Left: The library houses 150,000 volumes, technology stations, seating and reading rooms for the community below the stunning and monumental 3.5 foot thick bamboo ceiling. This handmade coffered ceiling is in floral patten of petals, leaves and vines inspired by photographic images by Robert Mapplethorpe. Right: On of the many unique community features is the Children's Theater for story-telling, puppet shows, and displays.

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