Library Planning Research,  Space Planning,  work in progress

Programming Library Interior Spaces

It’s important to have clear library planning budget in place to ensure that the library design and aesthetic of the interior spaces is consistent with the overall design of the building and that it is appropriate for the specific functions of each space. We developed the five modes of learning to define library spaces. This technical model is helpful during pre-planning and conceptual design. Our Library Design Consultant develops library programs and plans to support the construction project.

Library Architects

A library has a different program or interior design layout than a theater, museum or an archives. Your library may have a more traditional and quiet ambiance, with subdued lighting and materials that are conducive to study and research. In contrast, a modern library space may have a more dynamic and lively ambiance, with good acoustics and a stage for performances. Aaron Cohen Associates, LTD has a collection of program models for archives and preservation centers. They tend to provide a more serious and formal ambiance, with good lighting for reading and research, and with collections storage that are appropriate for preserving historical documents.

Circualtion and Color

It’s important to keep in mind the way that color is used in the library’s public service area. It can be used to create different moods and atmospheres, and to guide people’s movement through the space. The different functional areas of the building may have different color schemes to reflect their unique ambiance and purpose.

Library Functions

We provide clear program guidelines, attention to details including researching revenue models and budgets. We research the specific treatments to help provide design choices adapted to the function required. It is a key benefit to deliver an overall coherent and functional design in each library space.

Unique Concepts and Budgets

A common practice in the interior design industry is where vendors act as designers and purchase furniture, shelving and equipment wholesale to resell it to their clients at a markup. This can be a profitable business model for the dealers, as they can earn a significant profit from the markup on the items they sell.

Understanding the Interior Design Business

Some library consultants and designers choose not to work as furniture and sales vendors, particularly the most experienced ones. They have other ways of billing the client directly for design fees and revenue generated from the facilities planning report. They follow the industry standards, trends and best practices in library design.

Our library design consultant understands the interior design and architectural process backwards and forwards. This enables us to develop a library program quickly, enabling the project budgeting to leap forward. This includes outlines for the square footage, furniture and equipment. This can be specialized and require IT configurations, commercial design and library-specific solutions.