The transformation of the Robert L. Bogomolny Library respects the memory and history of the original library design while simultaneously modernizing it to meet contemporary research, scholarship, archival and environmental demands.
The original massing concept of the Robert L. Bogomolny Library is substantially maintained – that of the “floating box”. To the west of the building there is now a new academic and public space with the addition of a glass hall. The geometry of this addition differentiates the new construction from the existing building while retaining the elemental simplicity of the original floating box. The atrium addition created on the west facade of the original building commands a significant presence along Oliver Street and signals a new intervention in the life of the building, also creating a new entrance.
Inside, the glass hall promotes interior circulation, brings daylight and views into the original floor plate, and creates new informal study and meeting perches within its enclosure.
This strategy minimizes the impact of the renovation on the building structure, which is nearly all maintained for the accommodation of the library program, and minimizes the risk of costly modifications to the existing waffle slab. The building’s program places stacked spaces towards the interior zone of the floor, between the cores, to mitigate any impact of sunlight on the printed material. This also preserves perimeter floor space for more regularly occupied functions that are able to take advantage of the daylight as well as the natural ventilation afforded by the new upgraded facade.
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