Schertz Public Library / Kell Muñoz Architects

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Architects: Kell Muñoz Architects
Location: Schertz, , USA
General contractor: O’Haver Contractors
MEP Engineer: DBR Engineering
Structural Engineer: Datum Engineers
Civil Engineer: Brioñes Consulting
Landscape Architect: Laffoon Associates
Project area: 30,600 sq. ft.
Project year: 2009
Photographs: Casey Dunn, Christopher Gutierrez

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The Schertz Public Library is a new 30,000 s.f. facility that serves the largest suburban city in the San Antonio metropolitan area. The client desired a building that would reflect the spirit and character of this traditionally rooted but forward looking community.

The site, at a major intersection, shares space with a recreation center and a park area to create a new civic center at the heart of the community.

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© Courtesy of Kell Muñoz Architects

An elliptical -walled courtyard, anchored by a large red oak, divides the large volume into a main reading room and a children’s room.

The focus of the public areas is a north-facing glass wall that illuminates the space with indirect natural light and provides views to the library courtyard and the new park area beyond.

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Materials were selected that have traditionally been used on residential buildings in the community – limestone, wood siding, and galvanized metal roofing – and used in a contemporary way that speaks to the mission of the Library.

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Cite: "Schertz Public Library / Kell Muñoz Architects" 27 Feb 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 29 Aug 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=112580>

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