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The Center is hard to miss. Just off Hwy 101 in San Rafael the large peach colored building with the blue roof sticks out like a sore thumb. Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, he is said to have taken the idea from the surrounding landscape. Once you try to see the building as a hill and the roof as the sky it kind of makes sense. This is the only Wright building I have been in and the cohesiveness of design is the first thing to strike you. From the lights outside to the door handles to the atrium and gardens there is nothing over looked or left out of the overall design. Though this is a working government building there are docents available to give tours. We just did a quick walk through and even that was impressive. If you want to see Wright in action this is a good place to visit.
Restaurant at the Marin County Civic Center. Notice the architectural details, the round windows that are one of the typical features of this building can also be seen in this picture. I had soup with Mexican meatballs for lunch here.
Public library at the Marin County Civic Center. Not a spectacular collection, but what a great spot for a library, the room is right underneath the cupola of this amazing building designed by Frank Lloyd Wright! By the way, not sure if 'my' library (Radboud University) had these machines back then in 2009 but if not we have since bought exactly the same 3M lending machines.
Another picture of the exterior of the Marin County Civic Center at San Rafael, California by Frank Lloyd Wright. Here you can see how the building is situated in a park like landscape and yet it is easily accessible by car.
Exterior of the Marin County Civic Center at San Rafael, California by architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Such an impressive sight. A bit of a cliche perhaps, but to me it made the impression of a stranded intergalactic spaceship (it was indeed a film location for the sci-fi movie Gattaca in 1997).
Model of the Marin County Civic Center, to be found inside the building in one of the corridors. It shows the center itself and the way it is constructed to blend in with the surrounding landscape.
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