Built on a 300-acre site west of the town center, the city hall, library, and recreational facility are organized behind a 750-foot-long serpentine limestone facade. Each of the three buildings of red D’Hanis brick (manufactured west of San Antonio) stands independently behind the immense stone facade. The facade’s rough-hewn surface is penetrated by three cylindrical forms clad in blue and green stainless steel panels to further express the several functions. The expansive shed roofs slope to the rear, where wide overhangs form covered outdoor spaces and gutters direct rainwater to big corrugated steel cisterns. Portals in the stone wall lead to dogrun spaces between the brick boxes where the actual entrances are located. The stone wall is not simply ornamental, it is load bearing and, ranging in height from 12 to 45 feet and 18 inches in depth, is braced by the curved shape (as is the curved, single-wythe brick garden wall at Thomas Jefferson’s University of Virginia in Charlottesville).
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City of Wylie Municipal Complex
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