Architects: Gensler

Location: Frisco, Texas

Photography: Connie Zhou, Ryan Conway / Gensler

Material: NATURCLAD-B Cladding

Finish: Mustard

GENSLER’s adaptive reuse project for the Frisco Public Library transforms a former Texan manufacturing facility into a center for public knowledge. The 158,000-square-foot space, once dedicated to manufacturing food and aerospace products, now stands as a testament to an architecture that incorporates its historical and natural context with equal consideration.

Drawing inspiration from the ecological history of Texas’ Blackland Prairie, the library’s design commits to facilitating engaging learning environments. Inside, a lively children’s area with themed zones complements the outdoors, where over 30 native plants and trees enrich the landscaping. The exterior facade, harmonizing with the yellow tones of the flora, utilizes PARKLEX PRODEMA panels in Mustard.

Featuring two access points connected by an interior breezeway, the building strategically embodies the Dogtrot architectural style, a nod to the traditional homes of the region in the 19th century. On the exterior, PARKLEX PRODEMA panels have been custom-installed to create an overlapped siding system; the result is a 12,000 square feet facade that further references vernacular architecture.

In addition to being repositioned within an existing structure, the library integrates sustainable design elements, with features such as louvers for glare control and passive shading systems to minimize its environmental footprint and optimize sunlight management. The technical attributes of PARKLEX PRODEMA products complement this mindful approach, guaranteeing a durable exterior siding that boasts high resistance to extreme weather agents while requiring zero maintenance.

The outdoor facade employs PARKLEX PRODEMA panels in Mustard, a hue that harmonizes with the indigenous flora of the landscape design.
GENSLER's Frisco Public Library uses maintenance-free Parklex Prodema panels in Mustard.
Layout and configuration of bespoke PARKLEX PRODEMA hpl panels for facades at the Frisco Public Library.
Installation details on corners and end caps of PARKLEX PRODEMA custom-made slats. / Courtesy of GENSLER
Technical details of the installation of custom PARKLEX PRODEMA panels for facades with natural wooden texture.
Layout of custom-made panels on the exterior facade / Courtesy of GENSLER
Custom-fitted cladding boards create an overlapping siding system that gives character to the 12,000 square feet facade while paying homage to the vernacular architecture.
Parklex Prodema exterior cladding, custom-cut and installed with an overlapping system.
Construction detail of the facade of the library, that uses Parklex Prodema HPL panels with natural wooden texture in Mustard.
Axonometric views of the large-format slat system installed on the façade of the Frisco library / Courtesy of GENSLER
Detailed section of the bespoke installation with overlapping slats on the facade of the Frisco Public Library
Sectioned detail of custom installation of overlapping slats on the façade of the Frisco Public Library / Courtesy of GENSLER


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