Robinson-Westchase Library

, City of Houston

Houston, TX


Page transformed a 17,389 -square-foot, one-story neighborhood library originally built in 1991. The scope of work included demolition of over 90 percent of the existing building and adjacent sidewalks. The project reconstructed the interior slab, walls, and building systems. Approximately 70 percent of the exterior walls were replaced to allow for enhanced daylighting and views to the adjacent hike-and-bike trail. The library was completely reconfigured to provide a generous children’s space, a new teen space, adult reading room and living room, meeting space, conference room, and staff work area. The entry hall was designed to accommodate an automated sorter, displays, books on hold, food kiosk, seating, and information desk. A double-height axial entry hall with clerestory windows was added to organize the floor plan, bring in natural light, and signal the entrance from the street. Additionally, a canopy and metal accent panels were added to highlight the exterior entrance.

The LEED-certified project utilized high-performance glazing, including fritted glass on the southwest corner to admit natural light while limiting glare. Low-emitting materials, access to transit, and recycled rubber flooring contribute to the building’s sustainability. The reimagined library opened to an enthusiastic community and continues to be among the system’s most-used locations.

Building Facts

  • 17,389 SF
  • LEED Silver