The aim of this comprehensive project was to tackle a modern library program. I focused on the human experience in a library, the search within the diverse babel of information, the resonance that occurs when it is found. Similarly, the chance encounters of meeting eyes between shelves, both in search.
Using the moment of discovery as the fulcrum of my project, I approached the project in 3 actions: Collect, Found, Indulge.
Collect refers to the building as a community beacon, as well as the active paths of the patrons moving through the library in deliberate or meandering search. This dictated the overall program and organization of spaces, with a central atrium designed to collect from existing foot traffic patterns. It presents patrons with a vertical index upon entry.
Found is the moment of resonance, when attention is captured and activity is slowed or stopped. This is presented physically on the facade with the density of mullions.
Indulge requires spaces to disappear, as a patron disappears into their found matter. Intimate nooks were created among the shelves, insulated by books and the comforting babel of their contents.