University of California San Diego’s library is pretty unforgettable. Designed by brutalist architect William Pereira in the 1960s, the 8 story structure stands 110 feet above the campus below. Along with a unique design, the library also has a unique name. It was dedicated to Theodor Suess Geisel, or Dr. Suess, who lived in San Diego and contributed funds to the library.
In the tower, Floors 4 through 8 house much of the Library’s collection and study space, while Floors 1 and 2 house service desks and staff work areas. Some of the austerity of the original building has been lessened by the addition of the coved ceilings, painted walls, and carpeting throughout levels 1 and 2. For obvious reasons it’s also known as the “Spaceship”
Executive Architect: William L. Pereira Associates.
Project Architect: Robert A. Throburn.
Consultant: Keyes D. Metcalf
General Contractors: Nielsen Construction Company with Swinerton & Walberg, joint venturers.
Location: La Jolla, California
Construction: University Building was completed in September, 1970. The first books were moved into the building on June 29, 1970.