Tijuana Library Honored With Prestigious Architecture Award

By John Rosman
March 19, 2013

The Tijuana/San Diego architecture firm CRO Studios built a modern library in the flood-prone urban development known as Camino Verde in Tijuana.

To the surprise of the married architect team Marcel Sanchez and Adriana Cuellar, their $130,000 building has been honored with the prestigious accolade P/A, Progressive Architecture, award from Architect Magazine.

Below are photos of the site with descriptions from Architect Magazine

"This small building has two tall, angled roofs that serve to both signal the entry point and to create a backdrop for informal stages on the site." Credit: CRO Studio
"An open-air light well, beside two public bathrooms at the northern end of the building, illuminates the main library space through glass entrance doors." Credit: CRO Studios
"Inside, in addition to two computer alcoves, the library features a tiered seating area, which can double as a meeting area, with computer stations facing the main space. Low bookshelves run along the sidewall and tiered platforms" Credit: CRO Studios
“'I like how they faced so many constraints, and dealt with each one in a thoughtful way. I also like how interactive it is—not trying to fight the graffiti, but letting it become art,' juror Kimberly Holden said." Credit: CRO Studios

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