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Gensler renovated the Davis Library at San Jacinto College and hired MinkoImages to create a design for the glass facade. The design had to meet specific requirements for 60% light reduction to mitigate heat gain, and improve energy performance. It had to fit into the overall Mid-Century architecture look and feel for the building. Two design themes were featured—culture and life represented by intricate patterns of letterforms and a flux of organic shapes. It was designed to allow daylight to penetrate through into the lobby and private study rooms.
The production was done by Viracon and was based on silk screen technology with additional re-glazing for each panel to assure permanence. The two designs were calculated to meet spec requirements by client and two silk screen sizes were applied to each individual glass panel. The pattern engages the interior through the penetrating daylight and creates an ongoing play of light and shadow. The design integrates tradition, modernity, and technology to promote learning.
After completing the renovation of the library, the glass design became a major differentiating element for the Lee Davis Library enhancing its visibility and use. Client was very excited by the end result as the design not only works aesthetically by creating a constantly changing visual experience at different light condition throughout the day, but most importantly reduces energy consumption and increases the efficiency of the building.