The artist and designer Maya Lin, best-known for her Vietnam Veterans Memorial, will redesign the Neilson Library at Smith College. Her designs for the project, intended to reduce the existing building’s footprint, have been revealed.
Lin will renovate the 1909 Neilson Library and remove later additions that she says create a “telescoping effect”. Lin will also add two “jewel box”, curved wings intended to bring in natural light. An oculus in the central atrium will bring in more light. Additionally, Lin plans to create a “skyline room” on the building’s roof as well as an outdoor patio.
The library is situated on a campus designed by the famed landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, and the new design aims to restore the open green space that was part of his original, 1893 plan.
Construction is scheduled to begin in the summer of 2017.
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