This library refurbishment involved the creation of a contemporary self-learning area within the context of a traditional library. With a focus on the interchange of information and experience, it is a ‘technology rich’ zone, providing opportunities for study on various levels within a more relaxed, cafe-style environment. Individual work, group work as well as more formal presentations can occur in the largely open area. Zones are created via permeable screens, moveable glazed writing screens and through space-forming floor and ceiling treatment.
Flexibility was paramount to the brief. A large space, various zones and intimacy were created via a design that relies on an active colour and material palette to define areas of study, movement, relaxation, engagement. In contrast to the rest of the library, the colours are strikingly bold.
The cacophony of colour and material happens not only on the ground plane, but integrates with vertical surfaces, ceilings and lighting. Careful detailing and coordination of so many elements was required.
The fit out injects a vibrancy and stimulation to activities formerly housed in sedate and neutral environments.
Location: Perth, AU