Olin Library Renovation Cornell University Ithaca, NY
The University's main research library is the eleventh largest book repository in the nation but still used an overly opaque reading room designed in the 1960's.
Barradas and Partners Architects were commissioned to provide the design
for the reference reading areas and Online Public Access Catalog Stations
The design studies suggested a scheme with lower book
shelves, new flexible carrels that combined into tables of varying
lengths, maple chairs, new task lighting and tile carpeting.
Wireless networking and various technologies which allow electrical
power to be incorporated into the furniture are combined to make
the grand reading room open to the Arts Quadrangle of Cornell
University. Color and materials of the connecting seven storied underground
library, Kroch Asian Studies, were incorporated to follow the wide corridor that runs through the complex,
known affectionately as "Tiger Alley".
This design considers Access Services
(Circulation Desk), Information station,
Reference stations, Cafe and entrance
sequences for this entire group of
buildings near the symbolic entrance
to Cornell. The design Choreographs
sequences between Asian Studies,
Information Station, Reference
Services, Access Services and entry.
The first floor of Olin Library includes the reference desk, circulation, a coffee shop and reading space.
We designed millwork for the space, including the stand up carrel above