Henry S. Terrazas Branch Library Expansion & Renovation

Austin, TX

The expansion added 4,600 square feet to the original 5,400-square foot structure built in 1974. The addition accommodates expanded public programs, particularly adding room for community meeting spaces; separate adult, children’s and youth services; computer technology; and staff support spaces.

The original brick arch entryway has been enclosed to create efficient new building square footage and has been repeated in arcade fashion to seamlessly extend the front facade, while maintaining the character and architectural integrity of the existing building.

A new entry facilitates pedestrian traffic flow from the adjacent neighborhood and new parking areas. The roof of the new entry suggests an open book metaphor, and integrated into the front wall of the entry will be an “Art-in-Public Places” installation. The project has been featured in Library Journal and American School and University’s Architectural Showcase.

Sustainable Design Features: Terrazas Branch Library was designed to meet LEED® standards.