KTUA provided landscape architectural services for the new Mission Valley Branch Library, a 16,500 SF facility on a two-acre site. The landscape design of the library reflects the image of the nearby San Diego River by integrating the river context with the building to create an inviting indoor-outdoor relationship. “Riparian” (referring to a river bank) trees, shrubs, flowering bulbs and perennials with river cobbles allude to the river scene. Outdoor gathering areas serve as quiet and secure reading areas, with the flexibility to utilize the outdoor areas for presentations, meetings or group activities.
A pedestrian walkway with a river cobble pattern winds through the site to provide a connection between the parking lot and the main plaza at the building entry. A raised seat wall with river washed cobbles creates a “river sculpture” that meanders through the side plaza. Riparian trees, bulbs and grasses are a component of the “river sculpture”, providing views of the “river” from inside the library. A vine-covered metal screen with riparian trees is located behind the “river sculpture”, adding a feeling of seclusion to the side patio while also screening the adjacent office building.