Competing to be the Best
It is not uncommon for there to be competition or tension between different professionals in the library design and construction fields. However, it is important to remember that each profession brings its own unique skills and expertise to the table, and that effective collaboration is essential to the success of any construction project. While there may be differences in perspective or approach, it is important for the librarians and architectural professionals to work together to find solutions that meet the needs of the project and the community. I
Our library consultants often use a variety of tools and techniques to plan and design interior spaces. This may include the use of forms or checklists to identify the specific needs and requirements of an area, as well as to ensure that all necessary elements are included in the design. Library consultants may also use drawings, sketches, and 3D modeling software to visualize and communicate their design concepts. In addition to considering the functional requirements of an area, library consultants also take into account the ambiance or overall feel of the space. This may include the use of color, lighting, and other design elements to create a particular mood or atmosphere.
It is common for the library consultant and architects to collaborate and develop detailed drawings or plans that show the placement of furniture, equipment, and other elements within a space. These drawings are often used to communicate the design concept to clients, contractors, and other stakeholders, and can help to ensure that all necessary elements are included in the final design. In a library setting, lighting on the site is an important consideration, as it can impact the functionality and comfort of the space. The design team may develop a site plan and/or include lighting details on the drawings to ensure that the library has site adequate and appropriate user space for the intended use of the library patrons. This may involve the use of natural light, as well as artificial light sources such as lamps and fixtures.
Boards and Mock ups
Sample boards and mockups are often used by the library consultants and designers to help clients visualize the final design. These may include physical samples of fabrics, finishes, and other materials, as well as photographs or drawings of the proposed design elements. Sample boards can be particularly helpful in communicating the design concept and ensuring that everyone involved in the project has a clear understanding of what the final product will look like. For some projects, the design team to requests samples from manufacturers and visit local design centers and libraries to view products in person. This can be especially helpful for larger projects, where the designer may need to select a variety of furniture, lighting, and other design elements.
Below is a picture from one of our library workshop tours in New York City. We have lots of contacts to support the design and development of library spaces.