Vickery Meadow Branch Library is located in a dynamic, multi-cultural neighborhood in Dallas. The design combines a traditional library approach with 21st-century technologies to create a community hub with the spaces and resources to act as a classroom, job training facility and town plaza for its vibrant community.

The library will be situated in a tree filled plaza and responds to the context, as well as the needs of its users, by extending to both edges of the block and creating pedestrian paths from the schools to the north and transit stops to the south. Complete with native landscaping and a playground, the plaza greets visitors and encourages them to interact on their way in. An outdoor performance space designed as an art installation takes advantage of lawn space and provides an ideal location for community events.

The elliptical shape of the reading room radiates into the surrounding park-like plaza and welcomes all visitors. A generous canopy running the perimeter of the reading room minimizes heat gain, provides shelter from the elements and acts as a light shelf that continues into the interior, allowing natural light to fill the reading room.  The facility meets the 2030 Challenge and is targeted to achieve LEED Gold certification.

TOUR LOGISTICS:

There will be two tours of 12 participants maximum per tour.  Group A will tour 3:30pm - 4:30pm and Group B will take the same tour 5:00pm - 6:00pm.  Full PPE will be required to enter the construction site.  Masks are recommended.

TOUR LEADERS:

Beth Brant, AIA, Associate Principal and Director of Sustainability, DSGN Associates
Kate Aoki, AIA, Project Architect, DSGN Associates
Robert Van Buren, AIA, Senior Architect, City of Dallas