LPA, Inc.

Temecula, California


The City of Temecula commissioned LPA to design a new library for its expanding community to create “a place to learn; a place to explore; a place to discover old traditions and new opportunities.”

The learning process for patrons begins in the library’s parking lot. After parking their cars, patrons walk along paths embellished with artwork and signage that depict a chronological timeline of the community’s history, while leading to the library entrance.

The 33,000-square-foot stone and concrete library, situated along a narrow site atop a hillside, was designed with a plenitude of windows to create an interior filled with natural light. In the evening, the illuminated windows serve as a metaphor for the “light of knowledge,” an emblem as a community lantern upon the hillside.

Patrons walk along a linear spine that connects the one-story building’s public spaces. The spine terminates at a heritage room, which houses a local history collection, and a meeting and lounge space.

To host its most exuberant and numerous visitors, children, the library features a room that embodies a local tradition: hot air balloons. The walls in the children’s area are rounded to emulate the shape and texture of a basket and hot air balloon, while bright colors further allude to the design of these flying vessels.



The City of Temecula

LPA, Inc.
5161 California Avenue, Suite 100
Irvine, California 92617
P: 949-261-1001 
F: 949-260-1190

Personnel in architect's firm who should receive special credit:
Partner in charge: James Wirick, Registered Architect

Project architect: Craig Whitridge, Registered Architect

Building designer: Rick D’Amato, Registered Architect

Interior designer:

Chris Lentz, CID

Landscape designer:

Tim McCormack

Structural Engineer: Brandow & Johnston, Newport Beach, California

Mechanical Engineer: Tsuchiyama Kaino Sun & Carter, Irvine, California

Electrical Engineer: Konsortum 1, Santa Ana, California

Landscape: LPA, Irvine, California

Lighting: Konsortum 1, Santa Ana, California

Acoustical: Purcell + Noppe, Chatsworth, California

General contractor:
Edge Development Inc., Temecula California

Costea Photography, Inc.

CAD system, project management, or other software used: AutoCAD




Exterior cladding:
Masonry: Eldorado Stone

Interior finishes:
Acoustical ceilings: Tectum

Office furniture: Herman Miller thru GM Business Interiors

Chairs: Brodart (Study Chairs), Herman Miller (Computer and Staff Chairs), The Midlands
Company (Childrens Furniture), Worden and Davis (Adult Lounge)

Tables: Brodart

Other furniture (use additional sheet if necessary): Shelving and Stack Lighting- Montel/Aetnestak thru Yamada Enterprises

Stack Lighting:  Focal Pointe "Revolution"

Wagon Wheel Fixture:  Custom by Art Manufacturers

2' x 2' Direct / Indirect:  Focal Point "Luna"

Add any additional building components or special equipment that made a significant contribution to this project:
Fabric Structure Environments- (Balloon) by Charles Duvall with Duvall Design