During my involvement with library builds and refurbishments it has become clear to me that whilst the tangible aspects of a building, such as the construction materials used, the furniture & fittings and the details of the project plan, are all vitally important there is something else that is also essential…..
The strapline for this website encapsulate this ‘something else’ as ‘the ideas in the building’.
Often it is those aspects that might be considered ‘peripheral’ to the serious business of crafting the building that are, in my view, most important in creating a great building and achieving a stand out result. The sections below outline some aspects of planning and design that make the difference between a good result or an outstanding one.
- the library of the senses
- environmental psychology
- refuge and prospect
- metaphor and meaning
- delight and disaster