Henry S. Terrazas Branch Library

Overview

Challenge

To accommodate expanded public programs, the City of Austin selected Lawrence Group for the expansion and renovation of the Henry S. Terrazas Branch Library.

Solution

Lawrence Group enclosed an original brick arch entryway along the front façade to increase the building’s usable area and repeated this iconic arch element in arcade fashion to extend the front façade and maintain the character of the existing building. A new entry element facilitates pedestrian flow from both directions of the site and is roofed with a butterfly inverted gable which offers the metaphor of an open book. The new addition expands the space to include community meeting space, separate adult, children’s and youth services, computer technology and staff support spaces.

Featured in Library Journal and American School and University’s Architecture Showcase.