Laguna Niguel City Hall

Laguna Niguel, California

A Southern California city hall integrates with local architecture

Laguna Niguel’s City Hall was designed as a streamlined abstraction of the Spanish-style buildings that define the architecture of the Southern California community. Inspired by the work of Irving Gill, the new city hall applies the famed architect’s distinct style: sharp lines, smooth white walls, rectangular massing and arched breezeways.

The two-story, 40,000-square-foot building sits on a prominent site in one of the city’s town centers. The basic themes of Mission-style architecture are captured in the thickened, buff-colored plaster walls, rhythmic arches and red-tiled roofs. Other elements are more contemporary. The arcade pulls away from the building, the original bell tower has become a 65-foot clock tower, and patterned concrete pavers mark the entry to the glazed lobby.

Program spaces include City Council chambers, a multipurpose room, city staff offices as well as administrative space for the Sheriff’s Department and Chamber of Commerce. The project also includes an outdoor amphitheater and a lobby that displays the history of Laguna Niguel.

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