San Francisco-based Architectural Resources Group (ARG) completed the $4.1 million update in 2007, closing off the garden with a side addition. In order to maintain the appeal of the existing garden, ARG specified a NanaWall enclosure with six panels of SL45 Aluminum Framed Folding System. The system opens up to a magical “Secret Garden” courtyard in the library from the multipurpose room, which was designed and added in ARG’s thoughtful scheme.
Francis Burnett’s famous 1910 children’s novel – The Secret Garden – was, in fact, the inspiration for this brick-walled retreat. “The NanaWall in the addition to the 1939 Palo Alto Children’s Library opens the modestly scaled program room onto the library’s historic Secret Garden,” states ARG's Cathleen Malmstrom, AIA.