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Fallbrook Library 

Fallbrook, CA



  • People’s Choice Orchid Award - San Diego Orchids & Onions Program

  • Design Build Institute Award, Western Pacific Region, Award of Excellence 2011

  • Design Award of Merit by California Council Society of American Registered Architects

  • American Concrete Institute-Art in Concrete Award for Civic Projects

  • Associated Builders and Contractors of San Diego, Award of Excellence

  • Library of the Year Award by Library Journal for San Diego County Library, 2012

  • LEED Silver Certification


VDLA was an integral member of the design/build team that created an intriguing landscape design for a new energy efficient County library for the community of Fallbrook. The design includes a 2,800 square foot green roof, a ‘visual garden’ featuring desert themed landscape and sculptures, a ‘reading garden’ courtyard and perimeter landscaping. A ‘Poet’s Patio’ opens onto a public terrace featuring a serpentine stone seatwall by artist James Hubbell. A fence with a cross-buck design style complements the rural  agricultural motif expressed throughout the architecture. The landscape provides a stimulating and interesting environment, with a low-water use plant palette including succulents that provide a variety of textures and colors. Prior to beginning construction, the team went through a detailed public approval process including local interest groups and a local design review board. Issues successfully addressed included conserving or re-using existing boulders, sculptures and plantings from the old library, and providing a landscape & hardscape theme that was appropriate to the unique character of the Fallbrook community. The project has achieved LEED Silver certification, and received a People’s Choice Orchid Award at the 2011 San Diego Orchids & Onions Program.

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