“A skin of aluminum and glass surrounds the Auraria Library building. Sun blindshave been attached to the glass skin to dim the sunlight. The library façade, inwhite enameled aluminum, contrasts with the dark earthy colors of the brickbuildings on campus.”Werner Blaser, Helmut Jahn: Transparency, 1996
“Inside, the installationhas been fitted visibly,so that all spatialchanges will be possibleat any time. … Plantedinterior courtyardsloosen the building. Theinterior space is an opensystem.”Werner Blaser, HelmutJahn: Transparency,1996
1978 Excellence in Design Award, AIA Chicago“A refreshing and highly- imaginative solution; a straightforwardwarehouse of books with little pretensions from our industrial society."
Student Survey ResultsPrivate study rooms would be great… I couldn’t find any place to sit today… more tables and chairs, please!Increase study carrels… We need more Additional power computer stations…outlets for our laptopswould be so useful…
Great libraries are thefoundation of greatacademic institutions.
Auraria Library and Media Center Design Charrette30 November 2010/ 1 December 2010Day 18:30 AM Introductions and roles of participants. Review Charrette agenda and projected schedule.8:45 AM Statement/Definition of the Project Goals.9:00 AM Review of existing systems conditions/limitations.10:00 AM Mind Breaking”- current/future trends.11:00 AM Building Breaking- (group design input)12:00 AM Working Lunch summarizing preferences/dislikes.1:30 PM Development of Initial Concepts and Ideas. (breakout sessions)4:00 PM Summarize /Assign Homework to be completed for Day 2.
Auraria Library and Media Center Design Charrette30 November 2010/ 1 December 2010Day 28:00 AM Summarize Process to date.8:15 AM Review of initial concepts/ideas9:00 AM Develop three alternatives. (breakout sessions)11:30 AM Working Lunch.12:30 PM Engineering and planning consultants review three alternatives.1:15 PM Synthesize three alternatives to one concept. (breakout sessions2:15 PM Present preferred option2:45 PM Summarize work and outline a schedule to complete the study.
Mindbreaking……If you go to the usual places for answers, you get the usual answers.So let’s explore beyond where you normally would go.
Welcome Back8:00 AM Breakfast8:15 AM Why We Are Here Again Review of 2010 Design Charrette8:45 AM Archetypes10:30 AM Thinking Big11:00 Auraria Library Place by Place a. Study Rooms b. Service Point c. Main Street Lunch break d. Courtyard e. Café f. Center for Colorado and the West2:45 Summarize/next steps
Who is the audience for our work?Students StudentsLibrary Staff Library StaffDonors Donors Broader Community
Three Questions to Answer: What Capabilities Must a 21st Century Graduate Need? StudentsWhat Activities Must He/She Complete to Develop Those Competencies? Donors What Materials / Resources are Needed?