Atherton Library & Civic Center

WRNS Studio

Atherton Library & Civic Center

Architect: WRNS Studio

Size: 17,140 sf

Status: Completed in 2022

MSD Key Staff: David Mar

Awards and Certifications: 

  • LEED Platinum Targeted
  • Net Zero Energy Targeted.

Atherton’s old town hall was retrofitted and expanded to contain the town’s civic department offices. A brand-new library was built adjacent to the civic center. The library includes rammed earth construction in its structural system and a long steel roof-framing span between window and rammed earth wall to highlight light, earth, and air. A strong lateral design produced a seismically resilient structure.

Photographer: Bruce Damonte

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