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Dallas Public Library Lochwood Branch / Meyer Scherer & Rockcastle

  • Architects: Meyer Scherer & Rockcastle
  • Location: Dallas, Texas, USA
  • Associate Architect: FKP Architects, Inc.
  • Mechanical And Electrical Engineers: M.E.P. Consulting Engineers, Inc.
  • Structural Engineer: Datum Gojer Engineers, LLC
  • Civil Engineer: Pacheco Koch Consulting Engineers, Inc.
  • Landscape Architect: Talley Associates, Inc.
  • General Contractor: J.C. Commercial
  • Area: 20000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: Charles Davis Smith

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From the architect. The site for the Dallas Public Library Lochwood Branch, is bound by a strip mall, apartment complex, and residential neighborhood, which presented significant contextual opportunities. The design centers on addressing each context, as well as the library’s programming needs, through directing and screening views and considering varied levels of scale.

floor plan
floor plan

The zinc-clad library hovers above a glass base, a contrast to the solid form of a black box theater (within the old YMCA, a resource-saving reuse strategy). Views are carefully considered to 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 new library’s dynamic design elements and massing offer a distinct, refreshing contrast to the banal retail and residential buildings in the neighborhood.

© Charles Davis Smith
© Charles Davis Smith

•On-site stormwater management.

•Native, drought-tolerant landscape.

•Heat island mitigation.

•Regional and recycled building materials.

•High-efficiency envelope and HVAC systems.

•Daylight harvesting.

•Light pollution reduction.

© Charles Davis Smith
© Charles Davis Smith

•Energy purchased from renewable sources.

•Natural ventilation and high indoor air quality.

•Water-saving fixtures.

© Charles Davis Smith
© Charles Davis Smith
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