Hewitt Public Library & City Hall

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Location: Hewitt, TX Client: City of Hewitt Category: Civic Scope: New Construction Services: Architecture / Interior Design

Early visions of a “swoopy” design by library director Waynette Ditto inspired the curvilinear roof and gravity defying columns that have become the signature elements for the building, along with the random pattern of colored glass at the two-story entry. The exterior palette includes an inventive, modular, man-made concrete “stone” veneer set into pre-molded polystyrene panels to combine aesthetics with energy efficiency requirements. Low-maintenance xeriscape enhances the building façade, with a spacious and whimsical butterfly garden in back. Inside, a concept for sharing of programmatic spaces between the city hall and library is utilized.

A large, multi-function room may host council meetings, municipal court or library story time gatherings on any given day. The council workroom is often used as a jury room and for special library group meetings. These innovations, along with a common lobby and public restrooms, helped to reduce both overall square footage and cost. A rich color palette with exposed structure and duct, stained concrete floors, circular clouds and lots of natural light define the library. City hall features efficient planning, stained concrete flooring and natural daylighting with solar tubes