Libraries stimulate their community’s intellectual, social, and cultural life. They give us the opportunity to inspire lifelong learning and foster social interaction. Each one is unique, which means their architecture can celebrate those differences with connections to history and tradition while keeping an eye on the future.
When we visit libraries, we study how they enhance the experience of both individuals and myriad groups with special interests. Our research also considers aspects of other building types we design. For instance, designing offices teaches us how to balance private and interactive spaces, while academic work helps us flexibly incorporate teaching and study spaces.
Libraries Tell Stories
Every library is unique and each helps its community in different ways. Our libraries echo those differences with spaces that are highly flexible and others that are more closely defined. By understanding each library’s nuanced patron and staff needs, we can design responsive spaces that foster interaction and collaboration. Our library designs also seek to inspire by celebrating their distinct story.
Books are Not Going Away
No one knows what libraries will be like in twenty years. We know right now that the lines between libraries and other places are blurring. Academic, office, cultural, even housing, clients want to be enriched by connecting somehow to libraries. Librarians desire to provide their community with better and more services. Our libraries pursue this goal by leveraging the building’s ability to foster engagement with the community.