Huntington Beach Central Library

It is a shame the English dictionary does not hold enough superlatives that can be applied to this Neutra (father and son) masterpiece. As this list openly wonders about many buildings, it is baffling that this library is not well known nationally/internationally. Built as the expanded main branch for the city’s library, its modernist design, from its glass walls to its spiraling walkway in the atrium, seems to have set the standard contemporary designs that followed. The serene atmosphere inside is unparalleled, and the views from the exterior should be on the cover of every design magazine. (2017)

Architect: Richard and Dion Neutra

Built: 1975

Style: Modernist

Type: Civic

Address: 7111 Talbert Ave

City: Huntington Beach


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