The University Library in 2017

Since opening in September 2016, the new library has been an enormous success. These images were taken in March 2017and show how the spaces are being used by students, with some layouts organically changing over the past two terms of use.

Ground floor, orignally called the High Demand Collection, this area is for short term use, visible group study, generally a noisier space with quick access computers. Curves were very important here to break the otherwise linear layout. The Bloid from Davison Highley, our feature piece of furniture, all curves and hard-wearing finishes.












This is the Library lounge, opposite the cafe, with a more classic suite of furniture and finishes. Note the key piece, oak table for students to sit at on stools ‘alone together’.









Power. A must have feature of most seating and table layouts.









Adjacent to the Library lounge is this accessible study space that is open to all without the need to pass through the gates. A mixture of furniture pieces provding that much needed variety and enough space for different work methods.












This shot demonstrates the variety of furniture that we selected for the different ways that students prefer to work, as well as the open design providing access to daylight, space and interesting views of other areas on the floor.












Time out seating, for reflection, pondering, or 40 winks…












Post graduate study space…with great high back arm chairs












The following images are taken of the Media Room, a separate space specifically designed for music students, as well as those who want to edit video material or listen to audio in the high back chairs.














































This table from Orangebox is sublime, called the Rock, its a three cornered piece that is beautifully made of oak, finished so that three people can work ‘alone together’. I saw this as perfect for the triangular corner of the building.









One of the many group study rooms, all bookable and fitted with LCD screens and power modules inset within the curved table.
















Students always need quiet study areas, these fabric screens are very useful in that they are portable, sliding onto the table quite easily. The Orangebox chairs are very comfortable for long periods of work, with a breathable back mesh and castors for movement.












Finally, also from Orangebox, the Moss deck chair, I love it! Ideal for some downtime or reflection away from the desk.