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Brisbane City Library Case Study

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Design features of the new central library in Brisbane.

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Brisbane City Library Case Study

  1. 1. Brisbane Square Library Brisbane City Centre 2007
  2. 2. Modern city building <ul><li>Visible, identifiable, recognisable </li></ul><ul><li>Prominent location that is easily described </li></ul><ul><li>“ At the top of Queen St” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Opposite the casino” </li></ul>
  3. 3. Modern city building Distinctive building with plaza
  4. 4. Street approach Legible signage
  5. 5. Bus stop at door Access, welcome Activity, liveliness
  6. 6. Foyer – spacious sightlines to plaza Long sightlines Indoor/outdoor Natural light
  7. 7. Foyer – library + cafe Spacious scale; activity; natural light; wayfinding
  8. 8. Into the library Functional definition Security
  9. 9. Returns conveyor Hi-tech leading practice Defining quality Efficiency Intrigue/stories
  10. 10. DIY book checkout Hi-tech leading practice Defining quality Efficiency Intrigue/stories
  11. 11. Up to the action! Escalator core – sightlines Natural light Activity Efficiency and convenience
  12. 12. Not in Kansas any more Iconic meeting room Design aesthetics Light – nature + artifice Activity zone Studying in active zone Complex patterns – colour and light
  13. 13. Active core Spacious, open, sightlines Design aesthetic Active area Wayfinding, circulation
  14. 14. IT lounge Functional zones Quieter zone Natural light Diversity of seating Spacious / expansive Soothing colours
  15. 15. Transparent study/meeting rooms Safe spaces Easy to supervise Natural light to core Long sightlines External outlooks
  16. 16. Studious outlooks Study opportunities in central thoroughfare Natural light :: Wide thoroughfare Plants :: Sightlines :: Stimulating colours
  17. 17. Studious outlooks Study opportunities in quiet thoroughfares Natural light Sightlines Intimate scale
  18. 18. Fiction Familiar fiction section Librarian desk Display cases – local history Study desks Wide thoroughfares Shelves – 3 high
  19. 19. Kids Protected nook Identifiable by décor In view of staff desk
  20. 20. Kids Enclosed :: protected Identifiable by décor Child-size furniture Fantasy décor ‘ Home’ by Narelle Oliver was commissioned by Brisbane City Council
  21. 21. Out the window Active plaza Sightlines Natural light
  22. 22. Diverse study/leisure areas Variety – purpose, colour, scale, program spaces
  23. 23. Acoustic Flooring – carpet Ceilings – textile and contour Listening stations
  24. 24. Environmental biology Mountain :: Desert :: Cave :: Forest :: Coast Savannah But we thrive in environments that have characteristics of the savannahs that human life evolved in. We can survive in a wide range of environments Stephen Boyd
  25. 25. 9 hall marks of ‘savannah’ buildings <ul><li>Balance between visual access and visual enclosure </li></ul><ul><li>Visual perspectives – horizontal rather than vertical </li></ul><ul><li>Long sight lines </li></ul><ul><li>Presence of tree-like forms (especially overhead canopy) </li></ul><ul><li>Multiple retreats </li></ul><ul><li>Daylight </li></ul><ul><li>Moderate levels of patterned complexity </li></ul><ul><li>Movement – flicker, light changes, flying, waving </li></ul><ul><li>Low background noise </li></ul>

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