Floor Plan 1 Foyer 2 Stacks and Reading 3 pre-school books 4 Customer Service 5 Restroom 6 Meeting room 7 Mechanical 8 Staff Offices 9 Staff Lounge 10 Outdoor Reading 11 Gateway 12 Young Adult Books
Grauwyler Park Library serves a neighborhood that has been 90 percent Hispanic for over 30 years and is located just west of the Love Field airport, a major employment center for the residents. According to Val Armstrong, the library branch manager, “the community worked very hard to get a library” that would provide access to computers, after-school programs, and ESL classes. A corner site was initially selected, but the architects quickly determined that the site was too small to contain the proposed program on a single level and suggested moving the building to the other side of the constraining storm sewer easement. This necessitated a complex land swap between two City of Dallas departments – Public Works and Park and Recreation – with the eventual solution providing shared parking on the original parcel and a name change from West Love Field Branch Library. In deference to both the aviation and residential context, Joe McCall, FAIA, envisioned the building as “simple background architecture with an aeronautical-like quality of lightness and uplift.” Indeed, the building has a low, taut, horizontal quality that eschews monumentality. All four edges of the building are constrained: the east and south by street setbacks, the west by a park trail, and on the north by the storm sewer easement. The sweeping path of the easement was extruded to create the gently curved entry facade of limestone and, glass shaded by steel fins anchored by a clock tower. McCall recalls that the program was organized to reinforce the “collective experience of library and park as one.” This sensibility permeates the building’s public spaces, which open to generous views of the park. A mature grove of oaks shields the fully glazed west facade from the setting sun
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Published on Dec 23, 2011
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