Carren's Pitch

Life by Design

This library was built more than a decade ago, but wonderfully, its design was perfect for viewing the once in a lifetime solar annual eclipse. 

Text by: Carren Jao
Edited by: Sam Lubell
Published: 30 May 2011, The Architect's Newspaper

Courtesy of Swatt Miers
With its perforated dome, the twelve-year-old San Carlos (CA) Library, designed by Swatt Miers Architects, turned out to be one of the best places to view the solar eclipse a few weeks ago. The design—which projected thousands of little crescent moons over the main lobby entrance—was inspired by architect George Miers’ wife. “We wanted to bring in light, but a traditional skylight over that type of space would overpower it. Luckily, my wife had this old colander. I built the model with the colander in it,” said Miers.  The architect developed a random pattern for the ceiling and fabricated it with Los Angeles-based Ceilings Plus. [read more]


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