Libraries without walls: when students become the core design consideration

Hamilton Wilson, Education Specialist, Wilson Architects, shares his insights into trends in education architecture and how to design a 21st century library.

29 June 2015

Writing in Architecture & Design (Australia) Wilson says that the library is no longer defined by a physical space. 

'A 21st century library provides diverse learning experiences. Printed and digital information are combined in an environment that is user-focused and service-rich. Students can work collaboratively in spaces that support today’s social and learning patterns. Because resources can be accessed from anywhere, spaces need the flexibility to be used for impromptu study sessions or classes by both students and teachers.'

He illustrates some of the design trends and solutions for libraries in schools and higher education.

 

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