Community identity and pride can benefit from a strong and positive sense of place. This communal feeling is supported by a location for group gatherings and special events. A place of focus and identity for a defined group. Municipal governments can help provide this sense of place, sense of pride by providing that place of focus. "Civic Centers" should facilitate gatherings for civic, cultural and special public events. Centers should include buildings for governance, venues for the arts and outdoor plazas where the public can come together in large groups.
This type of Center should also have a strong and symbiotic relationship with the surrounding area of the City. With these objectives as our direction, WDG provided the Carlsbad Village Association with a study to redevelop the existing City Hall / Library facility that sits at the edge of Carlsbad's "Village" downtown. Our study proposes an expanded use of that site. It proposes a new City Hall Complex that recollects most City staff with the Council Chambers. Additional to the existing Library will be venues for both indoor and outdoor performing arts and an arrangement of large outdoor plaza spaces. All these uses will be supported by areas of both surface and subsurface parking.
Our concept plan strengthens the connection of this new Civic Center Complex to the "Village" area of Carlsbad. It ties the redeveloped Civic Center to the "Village" with a pedestrian tunnel under Interstate Five. This tunnel will allow employees and guest easy access to walk or bicycle into the "Village" for daily errands, meals or visits to the beach. The complex's 450+ planned parking spaces can also support evening or weekend events at its facilities or special events held in the "Village".
CIVIC CENTER STUDY CARLSBAD CALIFORNIA
West - Southwest Building Elevation on Pio Pico Drive