Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Library Inspiration

My brother sent me a link to some pictures from libraries around the world.  I just love these spaces!  Probably helps that I love to read when I can too, though time is a rare commodity lately.

Salt Lake City Public Library - Salt Lake City, UT

Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library - New Haven, CT

(I love the translucent marble walls in this one!  It lets the natural light in, while filtering the UV rays so they don't damage the rare texts.)

Seattle Central Library - Seattle, WA

I love how in these libraries there are a few elements that always remain the same.  These elements can be applied to your own reading nook or office space in your home.  These elements include:

1. A variety of seating options.  If you think about it, everyone reads in different positions.  Some sit up, some lay down, some semi-recline.  When designing your own space include a few different seating options so that everyone using the space can read comfortably.

2. Plenty of light!  All these spaces have many different lighting sources.  Some are filled with natural light, some are enclosed to protect the valuable antique books and manuscripts, but all have a variety of adjustable light.  Reading is a task that requires a lot of light!  When designing your space, include enough light for each seating area.

3. Visual Interest.  In all these spaces there are elements that provide graphic interest.  Your eyes need a break from reading and by providing some different things to look at and featuring architectural and interior elements with strong lines and colors you give the resting reader something to enjoy!

You can see the full photo essay here.


sinika said...

Wow- I love these! The Seattle library reminds me of the Louvre in Paris. And I might have to take a little drive to the Salt Lake one- I've never been and it's only 20 min away! Thanks for sharing.

Landis Carey said...

Oh, you've included my true love, Yale's Beinecke Library. I recently worked on a historical research project for the architectural firm that designed this building in the early 60's, and seeing the old Ezra Stoller black and whites of this building are just so romantic and timeless!