Fallbrook Library 

Fallbrook, CA



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

Design Build Institute Award, Western Pacific Region, Awared 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.