Texas Architect March/April 2012: Destinations
Destinations represent different points of arrival, whether a temporary stopping place during a student’s busy day on campus or destinations for entertainment and cultural events.Of particular note is the destination for dignitaries from around the world who will travel to Houston in mid-April for the official unveilingof the Asia Society Texas Center, previewedon page 44. Yoshio Taniguchi’s design for the$48.4 million building establishes the New York based Asia Society (founded in 1956 by John D.Rockefeller III to educate the public about Asia)with its first branch between the two coasts. Thefour-day celebration culminates with a free openhouse on April 14-15 for the public, featuringtours, food, and performances, as well as theopening of Treasures of Asian Art: A RockefellerLegacy, a temporary exhibition of works from theMr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller Collection atAsia Society New York.
Texas Architect 61 3/4 2012 Portfolio: Public Buildings Twin Oaks Library Project twin oaks branch library, austin Client City of austin, austin public library dept. Architect h+uo architects Design Team erik Ulland, aIa; tom hatch, FaIa; dorothy spearman Contractor Jamail & smith Construction Consultants City of austin public works department (project manager); Chan & partners engineering (civil); JQ (structural); encotech engineering Con- sultants (mep); winterowd associates (landscape); laurie smith design associates (interiors); Kwr engineering services (commissioning) Photographer paul bardagjy Twin Oaks Library, designed by h+uo archi- tects , replaces a former branch library located in leased storefronts in south Austin. A modern approach based on a “bookstore model” was adopted for the new 10,000-sf design. The exte- rior reads as a collection of smaller buildings, each with its own unique shape. Exterior materi- als include stone, stucco, brick, and metal siding. The program features an entry vestibule with a 15-foot-tall mobile suspended dramatically from the high ceiling, a large main reading area, and separate reading rooms for youth and children. Boldly patterned furniture and custom- designed display fixtures enliven the interior spaces. Carpet with a typographical pattern is used throughout the library with contrasting circular insets to help define different areas. The project employs a variety of sustainable design strategies, including a 25.2 kW photovoltaic system that is expected to generate approxi- mately 32,000 kilowatt hours annually (power sufficient for about three standard sized homes), large roof overhangs, a daylight-responsive lighting-control system, and rainwater harvest- ing. Additionally, large wood trusses reclaimed from a 100-year-old Mississippi river barge support sound absorptive structural insulated roof panels (and saved the equivalent of about 30 large trees). A neighborhood pocket park, amphi- theater, and rows of shade trees complement the new building. Noelle Heinze FLOOR PLAN 1 maIn entranCe 2 meetInG room 3 ChIldrens’ area 4 worK room 5 meChanICal 6 eleCtrICal 7 meChanICal yard 8 Covered porCh 9 teen area 10 readInG Garden 11 CIstern 1 2 3 4 4 5 5 6 7 7 8 9 10 11 11 Resources MASONRY UNITS : elgin butler brick ; MANUFAC- TURED STONE : arriscraft International ; ROOF DECK : tectum (maniscalco & associates) ; ROOFING : Kidd roofing ; BUILDING INSULATION : Johns manville ; ENTRANCES/STOREFRONTS : Kaw- neer ; GLASS : ppG Industries ; HAND CRANK WINDOW HARDWARE : dayton metal products ; TILE : daltile ; ACOUSTICAL CEILINGS : UsG ; CARPET : millikin Carpet ; WATERPROOFING/STUCCO : sto Corp. ; PLAqUES : takeForm ; SIGNAGE : 3-Form, peter pepper products ; OPERABLE PARTITIONS : modernfold ; TOILET PARTI- TIONS : bobrick ; LIBRARY EqUIPMENT : Kingsley library equip- ment, peerless sales Co. ; BLINDS : mechoshade ; FURNISHINGS : agati (mezzacappa design)