Texas Architect Sept/Oct 2006: Design Awards
Texas Architect is the official publication of the Texas Society of Architects, each edition features recently completed projects and other editorial content largely written by AIA members in Texas. That collective participation was the basis of Texas Architect’s recognition by the national AIA with a 2010 Institute Honor for Collaborative Achievement.
texas architect 54 9 / 10 2 0 0 6 Guerra Branch Library The Guerra Branch Library is located in a working class, military neigh- borhood in San Antonio. Inspired by the soaring hangars at the adjacent Air Force Base, the building is organized in three volumes that are oriented to define an existing green space to the north and east, while limiting the harsh sunlight from the south and west. The result is a flexible, free-span structure that takes advantage of large glass and polycarbonate panels to create an abundance of modulated natural light. The entry node slopes toward the street, creating a memorable land- mark in a neighborhood void of context. A large assembly-room window becomes a visual portal to on-going public events. This window is protected by a perforated metal screen that shades during the day, yet is transparent at night. Conforming to the limited budget, the exposed steel-framed build- ing utilizes modified pre-fabricated components. Infill panel materials include corrugated metal, plaster, and rusted steel panels. The building is articulated by straightforward detailing of various materials and exterior plaster textures. resources project Henry A. Guerra, Jr. Branch Library, San Antonio client City of San Antonio architect Sprinkle Robey Architects design team Davis Sprinkle, AIA; Thom Robey, AIA; Jeff Langham, Alan Neff contractor All Construction consultants Slay Engineering (civil); Lizcano Consulting Engineers (MEP); AccuTech Consultants (structural); Bender Wells Clark (landscape); Fugro South, Inc. (geotechnical); Accessibility Unlimited (plan review); Edens (code/life safety) photographer Paul Hester metal decking : Vulcraft; solid polymer fabrications : Avonite; vapor retarders : Henry; metal roofing : Berridge; entrances and storefronts : Vistawall; plastic glazing : CPI International; tile : Daltile; blinds , shutters , and shades : Mecho Shade; granite countertops : Young Stone; exterior stucco plaster finish ( entry node ); Degussa