Project: White Rock Hills Branch Library
Client: City of Dallas
Architect: Hellmuth, Obata & Kassabaum
Note: Gold LEED Certification
The White Rock Hill’s Branch Library 18,160 sq.ft. open concept design that takes advantage of the site’s topography and natural features, with library stacks and reading areas overlooking a tree-lined creek that forms the southern edge of the site. The building’s design concept was based on the form of an open book binder as a natural folded roof structure. The building creates an open configuration with its tectonic structural and mechanical parts exposed as architectural language. A few the unique features of being a LEED Certified Building include energy efficient lighting with daylight harvesting, air conditioning and heating, organic landscape materials, excellent indoor air quality and the use of local building materials. Other key features include: over 100 parking spaces, public meeting space seating 100 with kitchenette and restrooms that can be closed from the building for after-hours use, classroom space that can be divided into two meeting areas seating 24. This area can also be closed from the library and accessed after-hours, houses 45,000 to 50,000 volume collection of books and media, public computer workstations and laptops for public use, drive-up access for book and media returns.