Caela, your project is incredible, way to get yourself out there!
Awesome! Looks like you clearly made the right decision
to go with architecture.
San Luis Obispo, CA
Books should be given priority above all other equipment in the library.
Spaces with stacks should be raised above the flood level to protect books during a possible disaster.
Clear transitions should be made in the progression from public to private spaces, as reading varies
from quietly individualistic to universally public.
New Orleans has a strong vernacular architectural
style, refined through centuries of climate response and cultural adaptation. Shutters, verandas,
shotgun-style homes, and local materials are important precedents.
The reading room should be the
central focus of the building, as well as the reading "pods" that are the defining architectural aspects
of the building.
The places where and the manner in which people read is almost as diverse as the type
of books they enjoy (example: a canoe is not only useful in the water.) A variety of reading spaces
should be provided, each with a quality near environment, comfortable lighting, and natural atmosphere.
The environment of the South is as iconic as its architecture. Indoor/outdoor spaces provide a
connection to the environment while alluding to the traditional Southern lifestyle.