Berkeley Library Gardens

This mixed-use residential infill project adjacent to Berkeley Central Library replaced a parking garage in Downtown Berkeley with 176-units of housing, three residential courtyards, ground floor retail, subsurface public parking as well as public plaza gardens.

The public plaza offers a pocket-park along Kittridge Street and a lush green terminus to Harold Way. Both a dappled lunch spot and public gathering space, the garden plaza canopy of Katsura trees is an extension of the adjacent library plaza (completed years prior). Connecting the sidewalk to the café and residential entries, an accessible ramp moves alongside a large stained glass waterwall that distinguishes the private and public realms. The interior gardens provide spacious open space for residents of the multifamily complex that sponsored the project.

Location

Berkeley, CA

Size

0.25 acres

Completed

2002

Team

Thomas P. Cox Architects (Architect)
Susan Pascal-Beran, Jeff Reed, and Jennifer Madden (Waterwall Artists)

Related Projects

Strybing Library Terrace

Cupertino City Hall Gardens

4th Street Maker’s Row

Yountville Town Center