UC Berkeley | CV Starr East Asian Library
Berkeley, CA
Photos: Mikki Piper (top); Michael Moran; R+C
  • 68,000 sf
  • $46.4 million
  • Building façade is rough concrete clad in stone from China
  • Bronze screens weight one ton each

The library houses Japanese, Chinese and Korean collections that rank among the top four academic library collections in the nation. The award-winning library is a $46 million, four-story concrete building, set into a sloping site, is surfaced with stone, exposed concrete, and bronze screens. The concrete structure is exposed throughout the building exterior, architectural concrete finishes include light sandblasted, heavy sandblasted and polished surfaces that expose local aggregate. Shotcrete and cast-in-place construction methods were used. R+C provided structural engineering services to the world-renowned architectural team.