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Exrememe Makeover: New Ingleside Library en Route

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After last week's grand opening of the well intended, but ultimately underwhelming Main Branch lobby renovation, there's already more good news for bookworms bibliophiles. This one's been gestating for a long time, but the New Ingleside Branch Library will finally break ground on February 15th, at the corner of Ocean and Plymouth Avenues. Designed by Fougeron Architecture / Group 4 Architecture Research + Planning, Inc, the new 6,000 sq ft building will allow the Ingleside branch to expand both their traditional and new media collections, and will provide designated spaces for children, teenagers, public programs, and illicit romantic encounters. And we'd be remiss not to mention the inclusion of public art by Eric Powell, whose metal works you may have seen in the Conservatory of Flowers in San Francisco or Bella Vista Park in Oakland. In this case, it looks like the competition process, although slow, resulted in a great design; one which considers the needs of the community and can actually accommodate the collection. Makes us lament our poor Main Branch so much more.

· Coming Soon - New Ingleside Branch Library Breaks Ground February 15 [SFPL.org]
· Fougeron Architecture [website]
· Library Renovation Revealed, Books Actually Considered [Curbed SF]

[Image courtesyFougeron Architecture]