Milton Powell & Partners


Lancaster-Kiest Branch Library
City of Dallas
Dallas, Texas

A new 18,000 square foot branch library replaces the existing Lancaster Kiest Branch of the Dallas Public Library system. The site is an extremely long, shallow, and relatively flat parcel across from Holmes Middle School in southern Dallas. The library contains separate areas for tots, youth, young adults, adults, and special collections. Particular consideration has been made for staff supervision and efficiency. Other features include a community auditorium and two divisible classrooms positioned to allow after-hours use.

The building features a series of north-oriented, sloped-roof volumes with large windows and clerestories to maximize the north light and to present an open, inviting image to the public. These volumes are "staggered" to face true north, to fit within the narrow site, and to present a rhythmic massing along the street. All design decisions - including orientation, construction materials, landscaping, and site development - were made to comply with the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) guidelines for sustainable architecture.

Artist Earline Green collaborated on the project to introduce public art reflective of the history and culture of the surrounding community.

Design Awards:

  • U.S. Green Building Council
    Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design
    2008 Silver Certification