The construction responds sensitively to the steeply sloping site and prominence of the adjacent landmark library building. Its plan is a simple arrangement of three efficient rectilinear volumes, each one cranking in direct response to its surrounding constraints and context. A simple composition of brick, cladding, glass and projecting eaves combine to diminish the buildings presence as it increases in height. The brief called for a single point of entry that knits-together the library and new learning space. The solution was to remodel the existing entrance foyer into free flowing node that welcomes its users. Generous circulation throughout creates a clear coherent strategy of open and interconnected spaces. A double height atrium space provides exceptional daylighting into the project’s social heart.
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“The emphasis on learning means that we must also think about the learner. Learning spaces are not mere containers for a few, approved activities; instead, they provide environments for people.”
Brown. M and Long P.D, Trends in learning space design