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Photo Timeline – Austin Central Library

Posted by on 9/19/13 at 09:52am

Large civic projects like the Austin Central Library take a great deal of time and effort by a large number of team members. The process, much like we intend the the final product to be, is a mix of the best of digital and analog technologies available.

In the library’s design process we have utilized many different technologies; from clay models and sketchbooks, to Building Information Models and complex digital energy and daylight models. Here is a photo timeline from clay model to excavation.

A brief overview of the project can be found below the photo timeline.

2009-10-20
2009-10-20 – early clay massing model

2009-10-21
2009-10-21 – program stacking model at initial design workshop

2009-10-22
2009-10-22 – site diagram at initial design workshop

2009-11-03
2009-11-03 – early daylight diagrams at sustainability workshop

2009-12-01
2009-12-01 – sketchup program massing

2011-03-07
2011-03-07 – clay model II

2011-04-25
2011-04-25 – sketchup axon

2011-05-08
2011-05-08 – roof sketches

2011-05-25
2011-05-25 – exterior sketches

2011-08-21
2011-08-21- exterior elevations in sketchup

2012-03-23
2012-03-23 – atrium model during daylight workshop

2012-04-30
2012-04-30 – atrium skecthes

2012-06-11
2012-06-11 – detail sketches

2012-08-29
2012-08-29 – design development rendering

2013-05-19
2013-05-19 – final rendering of Cesar Chavez facade

2013-05-19-2
2013-05-19 – final atrium rendering

2013-05-31
2013-05-31 – ground breaking

2013-09-12
2013-09-12 – excavation proceeding

As the western portal to downtown and terminus to Second Street, Austin’s new central library takes advantage of the city’s investment in revitalizing west downtown and Shoal Creek. ‘The library will feature a variety of programming elements: generous space to house collections; community meeting spaces to accommodate groups of 4 to 350; dedicated children’s area and teen space; a satellite operation of Recycled Reads, the Library’s bookstore; and a café. A landscaped outdoor plaza will house a bicycle parking and repair facility adjacent to trails and parks. Integrated art works, interspersed throughout the library campus, will enhance this technology-rich environment.