Architect Rob Wellington Quigley’s buildings are a bit like the full name he likes to use — a blend of casual, refined and quirky.
Now, his architectural style is on display for everyone to see. San Diego’s new Central Library, which he designed, opened last week and is already an instant icon of downtown.
The building is a concrete monolith with an industrial flavor, built to be durable and on the cheaper side. But friendly touches like the quasi-dome, a cozy reading room and fantastic views turn it into a place where you won’t mind staying a while.
What went through Quigley’s mind as he designed the library? I asked him to describe the choices he made and ponder the legacy of a building that’s likely to outlive us all.