I decided to design for the Robbins Library of Philosophy. The elements that I’ve decided to explore was the use of space and the presence of clutter in Robbins Library of Philosophy.
There is ample space to study/research/lounge however the objects in the room are not given any real space. Lounge chairs and work desks are just put into spaces where they will fit. One element will be compartmentalizing the space of the library.
In this re-design spaces have become compartmentalized. There is a lounge space in the front that allows for people to read quietly. In the next midsection there is the librarian’s space and the research space that allows for students/faculty to work from their research space and be near the librarian. The last midsection is the workspace, where the long tables are set up so one can sit down with their books and write their papers. It also allows for interaction between visitors of the library if they choose to.
The other element to this project was to play with the clutter that was present in Robbins Library.
According to the librarian these books will no longer be needed in the library nor will they be circulated around. Many of these copies happen to be double and triple copies of things that the Harvard Library system already owns. They may have lost their use as books but in this instance the clutter was used as a wall to create a small office space for the librarian.
By creating a “bookwall” and setting it around the room to act as dividers, these bookwalls can add to the library as space makers who help create a more quiet and solitary environment that most students who come into Robbins look for.