Impressive public architecture

Critics are calling the new West Hollywood branch of the Los Angeles County Public Library one of the most impressive works of public architecture in the region in the past decade.

28 September 2011

The 32,000-square foot branch, six times larger than the old one, is the result of a partnership between the county system that operates it and the city, which paid for its construction.

The library includes long expanses of floor-to-ceiling glass, incorporates computer terminals and rooftop tennis courts, and murals by street artists.