Bowater Public Library: Exploring Secluded Study Spaces in Modern Library Design
The Bowater Public Library thesis delves into the design aspects of a public library, specifically focusing on the incorporation of secluded study spaces. The primary research question driving this investigation is whether moments of seclusion can significantly influence the design of a public library.
Contemporary Challenges in Maintaining Focus:
In today's society, individuals frequently encounter difficulties in maintaining their focus due to a myriad of distractions, such as smartphones, social media platforms, and incessant notifications. These distractions pose a significant challenge to individuals attempting to concentrate on a single task or activity. Consequently, many people actively seek quiet and secluded spaces where they can work undisturbed and dedicate their attention to the task at hand. Public libraries have become a popular choice for individuals in search of seclusion and a conducive work environment.
The Evolving Nature of Libraries:
I believe that libraries serve as reflections of our society and, as a result, their typology is in a constant state of flux. As the dynamics within our communities evolve, so too must the design and purpose of libraries. Historically, libraries were limited to being pieces of furniture or designated study spaces solely reserved for individuals and their families. Over time, libraries transformed into dedicated spaces that housed treasured books accessible only to the privileged literate population. The advent of the industrial revolution ushered in rapid book production, which posed storage challenges for libraries. Consequently, library architecture and spatial arrangements had to adapt accordingly. In the present day, public libraries have become vibrant hubs that actively contribute to and support local communities. However, this recent development places additional pressure on the functionality of public libraries.
Preserving the Essence of Libraries:
My research has concluded that because of the recent developments, many public libraries are failing to provide adequate study spaces. Without them, a library risks becoming merely book storage with community activities. I firmly believe that proper study areas are integral to the essence of a library and should not be compromised. Therefore, my project aims to address this issue by reintroducing secluded study spaces to public libraries, thereby enhancing their functionality and meeting the evolving needs of library users.