May 7, 2014

Wednesday Whim - Library Life

 all images via Design Boom via Woods Bagot

Being the "good" student I was when I was attending college, I loved to study at the library. It had more to do with the fact that I had more resources, and less distraction, there than anything else. But, my school also had amazing architecture and history associated with it, too. The main library was beautiful and when I wasn't stressed with studying or writing papers I appreciated the environment I was in. Yet, when I came across the Raheen Library at the Australian Catholic University, I was stunned. This. Was. Their. Library?

In response to a rise in students, the university commissioned to have their library refurbished. The result is an environment that fosters learning, creativity, comfort and style. A lot of colleges typically try to maintain the historical and traditional elements of their school but, this library is modern and relaxed. A third story was added to the original two stories and the new space offers students and staff opportunities to work alone or together in bright surroundings. As far as the design goes, lead designer, Sue Fenton says, "the materiality of the space was inspired by paper, referencing textures such as folding, sewing, endpaper designs and bookbinding...Blonde timbers, crumpled paper lightshades and graphics that reference origami all complete the paper theme."








19 comments:

  1. Love the green cubby hold desk/chair insert into the wall of books .. so cozy!

    Monica, www.pear-shaped-gal.com

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  2. I wish I had a library like that when I was going to school!!! I would've stayed in it. How nice!
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  3. What a stylish looking university library! Some of the areas are so lounge like I went to NYU and spent alot of time in the library but it wasn't the most cheerful place. So I wasn't all that surprised when a friend who was studying architecture told me the design resembled an old time prison XD

    Rowena @ rolala loves

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  4. No freakin' way!! How cool is this?! If my college library looked anything like this, I would have totally spent more time there studying too! :P I am so in love with those little green study nooks! wow!

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  5. Wow very cool photos! Wanna visit library like this!!!

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  6. What an amazing place!!!

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  7. [ Smiles ] Wow, that is the neatest library that I have ever seen.

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  8. That's the coolest library I have ever seen!!! Definitely nothing like my alma mater's haha. Great pics!

    xo, Bekka
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  9. Such a cool library!!
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  10. If this Library was at the college that I went to I would would've never left!

    Stay Chic,
    Alicia
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  11. Oh my gosh. Major hearts in eyes. I want to go there!

    xo Kylie
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  12. I would seriously live at that library if my college had that...lol I like going to the library to study since I'm more focused there.

    The Dragonfruit Diaries

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  13. Amazing pictures!
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  14. I'm such a sucker for books and libraries. Loved it!

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  15. And I'm sitting in my little humble library in Riga, trying to write an essay. Now I want to got to ACU!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

    Brigita,
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  16. oh my gosh. that is amazing. i also lived at the library too but i could never study in the main area, which was an area where talking was allowed. i sometimes when upstairs where no talking was allowed but it was just hard to concentrate. i think i do better when i'm home, in my pjs, and can take breaks freely when i can. but i do love going to the library, even now. i wish our public library looked like that though! :)

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  17. Amazing pctures!

    x Angela
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  18. Awesome post! This library looks very cool. Wish I had one that chic when I was a student.

    Sarah
    sarahjustinestyle.blogspot.com

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  19. Awesome post! This library looks very cool. Wish my library was this neat when I was a student.

    Sarah
    sarahjustinestyle.blogspot.com

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