PROJECT Future Library Competition, 2nd prize
ARCHITECT Tímea Deichler, Daniel Jakab
The University of Genoa launched an architecture competition about the future of the libraries, the future of places dedicated to learning and knowledge, to design a completely new model of learning space. Our plan received second price in the competition for their proposal of the Learning Landscape.
The libraries are constantly changing from the traditional silent, almost sacral space to store, and gather information towards the sparkling, and active place where the information is processed. There are many ways to process information. Either alone, in groups, with a presenter, sitting, lying or standing, with digital or analogue devices. This means different levels of interaction between individuals and groups. The libraries are becoming the place of learning, and interacting, where the private and enclosed coexists with the public and open. We designed a "Terrain" and a "Cloud" whose interaction achieves the complex goal to serve the wide variety of the always changing needs. We call this space "Learning Landscape".
The Terrain and the Cloud both provide fixed facilities and mobile items encouraging interventions from the users. The terrain, with it’s constant, and complex shape offers numerous scenarios, views, connections and interactions. With light furnitures - pillows, chairs, desks - the use of the terrain is solely defined by it’s users. The cloud, accompanying the terrain is composed of a set of lamps and shades. Point surface created by the lamps strenghtens the character of the terrain, at some places following, other places counterpointing. Users can intervene in the space using the cloud, change the strenght of light and use transparent separators to create, mark, enclose a smaller portion of the terrain.
The Learning Landscape’s main goal is to create a space where the user will find the perfect place to think, share information, interact with other people. The use of various fixed characters and the ability to shape with the use of mobile items, lights, separators makes this space an ever changing and adapting environment, supporting it’s users constantly changing needs during a day, a week or a semester.