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Patrick Heath Public Library

Boerne, TX United States

OCO Architects


Project Description

The sole library in Boerne, Texas, a community just west of San Antonio,

exists in harmony with the city’s renowned bucolic surroundings. The LEED

Gold certified library is enveloped by a park-like setting, purposefully

sited along a creek to the east which gives library visitors an opportunity

to enjoy that natural area, a precious sight in parched Central Texas. The

building includes expansive windows on the eastern side that showcase the

creek, stately Live Oak trees, and wooded Hill Country vistas beyond. The

architects oriented many of the programmed spaces, such as the internet

cafe, quiet room, meeting rooms, reading areas, and a screened-in balcony

eastward to highlight the unbroken panoramic landscape, keeping service

desks and support areas necessarily near the main entrance on the western

side. Outdoor seating arrangements and terraces encourage readers to

take activities outside in pleasant weather. In this sunny climate, building

shade structures and preserving the existing leafy Live Oaks was essential to

designing usable outdoor space. Materials provide a more subtle connection

to the region: indigenous limestone comprises both exterior and interior walls

and reclaimed regional Longleaf Pine is used in pivot walls that enhance

functionality. Cisterns tie the creekside views back to the importance of water

conservation. In these ways the library succeeds in connecting Boerne to

its most striking feature: the celebrated Texas Hill Country that begins right

outside its windows.


Project Details

Patrick Heath Public Library
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    Mickey Conrad, Jose Balboa, Sara Flowers, Braden Haley
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    30,000 sq ft
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