Don’t Call It A Library: The George W. Bush Presidential Center

An artist’s rendering of the George W. Bush’s Presidential Center in Southern Methodist University. On Nov. 18, former First Lady Laura Bush unveiled the designs for the center, which will contain an archive, a museum and a policy institute.

Visitors will enter the archive and museum through “Freedom Hall” and see a replica of the Oval Office, as Bush knew it. The design is supposed to be “both presidential and welcoming.”

The entry to the George W. Bush Institute, which will include an auditorium for lectures and offices for scholars. The policy institute will be “guided by the principles of freedom [and] opportunity,” according to the center’s web site.

The lobby of the policy institute. According to a press release, the building will be made with local Texas materials and will have several energy-saving properties, including solar panels and a system that will use storm water to irrigate the grounds.

The “Texas Rose Garden.”

The grounds will be used as a public park, with spaces for public performances and intramural sports.

The view from the garden, toward Dallas. Read more on the design.