Upon entry the visitor encounters a large insitu public art work by Rose Nolan, that says “GIVE OR TAKE” which immediately engages the student with text in an extraordinary manner. It is possible to survey the entire floor upon arrival including the service zone, student lounge, cafe, collaborative study seats, large and medium teaching spaces and staff breakout and meeting spaces.
Within the refurbished open interiors, a series of solid timber portals are located to create subtle demarcations across the broad open floorplate. They densify around the new atrium space to create a continuous timber screen that defines its edge and filters light.
To the west a steel and mesh shade house structure allows great transparency behind into the student lounge space. Seating below encourages occupation under the repeated structural framework of the shade house above. This complex cantilevered truss system projects a new identity for the library toward the central village green of the campus.