York University, Toronto
Photo: Bob Gundu

The Scott Library at York University is a monumental concrete building, built in the late 1960s. To meet the current needs of the university, the building has been redesigned to be more welcoming, better suited to its diverse student population, and to an evolved ethos of relaxed, self-initiated and collaborative learning methodology.

Architects Levitt Goodman focused on modifying the interior atmosphere rather than the architectural structure, bringing into play custom-designed, hybrid interior and furnishing elements that prompt various informal, socialised study experiences.

The use of bold colours and simple geometries difuse the somewhat imposing environment, creating an entirely new scale and branding for the library that is fresh, modern, and relaxed - like the students themselves.