The Academic Library is traditionally a place for students to study, do research work, and, ultimately to learn. However, the digital surge had a big impact on the library’s purpose and use, which demands a new approach for future design.
The next generation of designers will be speaking for their generations and expressing innovative ideas of the future academic library.
The Project Vision
It is a futuristic library in a modern university along with outdoor learning spaces. The university provides services, resources, and spaces to spark the imagination, and to support students to engage as global citizens. “We build relationships with our community of learners in an inclusive, diverse, and welcoming environment.” The goal goes beyond providing books to read, it is to provide the right environment to encourage students to study, enjoy, collaborate, and be creative. The new library is expected to provide a variety of spaces ranging from the formal quiet space to the socially engaging space. The students are expected to enjoy the learning journey and get inspired.
The futuristic academic library to be designed offers a variety of spaces for students, including quiet spaces for reflection (caves), noisy spaces for collaboration and networking (commons), spaces to listen and observe (lecture rooms and showrooms), spaces for experimentation and creative thinking (space-makers), flexible spaces (adapting), and an atrium. Certain spaces can be casual and homey if this is an approach to make the library more comfortable and appealing.
The spaces to be planned start from the noisiest activities to the quietest ones. The physical environment performs multiple functions: as a package (establishing expectations), a facilitator (aiding performance), a socializer (enhancing interactions), and a differentiator (demarcating spaces). The configuration of the physical environment, which includes layout, furniture and equipment, ambient conditions, natural lighting, and natural features, influences individual thinking and behaviour is made to promote a positive experience.
Submissions to include plans, interior/exterior elevations, and 3D graphics of interior/exterior presented on 2 A2 size sheets with a brief project description.
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