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Dallas Public Library Lochwood Branch

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    • to minimize the impact of apartments to the south, low windows scaled to children redirect attention to the immediate landscape
    • Overview

      “A great example of an economy of means generating an economy of form. We applaud all the effort that went into making this budget-conscious project so appealing.”—AIA Minnesota Honor Awards Juror

      Bounded by a strip mall, apartment complex, and residential neighborhood (and including an existing YMCA gymnasium), the site for this new branch library presented significant contextual opportunities. The design centers on addressing each context through directing and screening views and considering varied levels of scale. The zinc-clad library hovers above a glass base, a contrast to the solid form of a black box theater (within the old YMCA). Views focus on the tree canopy and foreground landscape, avoiding less favorable context and providing privacy to neighboring homes. Open sightlines provide easy wayfinding for patrons and supervision for staff.

    • the canted form and high windows direct the view over an unsightly retail development to the east
    • the canted form and high windows direct the view over an unsightly retail development to the east
    • to minimize the impact of apartments to the south, low windows scaled to children redirect attention to the immediate landscape
    • large windows on the north side provide daylight for reading and screened views of the established residential neighborhood
    • large windows on the north side provide daylight for reading and screened views of the established residential neighborhood
    • the new library surrounds the old YMCA (now converted into a black box theater)
    • Specifications

      Location: Dallas, Texas

      Type: Adaptive reuse and new construction

      Size: 20,000 square feet

      Sustainable design: LEED Silver certified

    • Awards

      AIA Minnesota Honor Award

    • Project Contact

      Jack Poling

      • Architect / Principal
      • jack@msrdesign.com
      • 612 384 7574
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      Leanne Larson

      • Interior Designer / Senior Associate
      • leanne@msrdesign.com
      • 651 402 2054
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