Newport Beach Civic Center and Park

City of Newport Beach, California

The City of Newport Beach charged Bohlin Cywinski Jackson and team with designing a forward-looking, iconic new Civic Center and Park, consisting of a City Hall, 450 space parking garage and addition to the existing library, all set within a new 17 acre park.

Sustainability is central to the organization of this building. The rhythmic, wave-shaped roofs provide shelter for the two-story City Hall building, their generous overhangs providing sun shading for indoor occupants. Clerestories with operable windows, along with dimmable lighting, create even north-facing light. Under floor air and operable windows provide views and clean, comfortable air in Newport Beach's benign climate. Together these passive design strategies provide savings in mechanical and lighting costs.

Site plantings include a mixture of native and drought tolerant species that blend with an existing wetland on the site, as well as offer significant savings in water use. These and other features will help achieve the City's goal of a LEED Silver rating for this project.

The entrance to the new Civic Center is marked by the council chamber with its iconic 'sail' and the neighboring transparent community space, the City's 'living room'. The Civic Green, bounded by the new garage and library addition, serves as the City's 'front lawn'. The library addition provides much needed reading space at this popular facility. It also serve as a second, new entry from the Civic Green.

The Civic Center is nestled within the new park, and serves as a gateway to a series of outdoor program elements including interpretive trails, children's play areas, a pedestrian bridge, a dog park and two belvederes that capitalize on the site's commanding view of the Pacific Ocean.

The project opened in the spring of 2013.


2013 Honor Award for Design
AIA Orange County
2013 Members Choice Award
AIA Orange County
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