The library designed by Studio Infinity addresses the spatial attributes and creates a multi-functional reading space.
The project is a library carved out of a parking lot. The client aspired to provide an additional amenity for his project in this small, double-height space. The architects attempted to address the spatial attributes and created a multi-functional reading space. They wanted this space to be equally interesting for adults as well as kids. The idea of promoting reading and sharing knowledge was seen as an integral aspect of the design thinking. Efforts were taken to optimize expenses and create a multi-utility learning space for adults and kids.
The vaulted ceiling and arched external facade helped in defining the volumetric modifications. Since, only one side of this space could get natural light, the architects had to make the best use of this and draw in required amount of light into the interior space. A stepped amphitheatre-like informal seating on one side is proposed to help this space have the flexibility to be used in many different ways. A community reading table on the other end is designed to enable interactions and exchange of knowledge with different people using it at the same time.
A material palette comprising of locally available brick, concrete and green rated plywood helped in the controlled usage of materials. Detailing and modules further helped in the overall optimization of resources and reduction in wastage. Colours and textures are kept in an earthier tone simply to make this space more humane and move away from the typical formal setup of such activities. Natural plants have been used throughout the indoors and outdoors. They are integrated within bookshelves, reading tables, seating and landscape pockets, with an intention to cast a soothing effect into the spaces and break away from the monotony of long furniture pieces.
Lastly, each detail and design input is focused on making the space more user friendly, so that reading becomes a happy time and sharing knowledge becomes a reason for interaction.
Project: Library, Pune
Architects: Studio Infinity
Client: Ashwin Trimal, Truespace
Principal Architects: Ar Tushar Kothawade, Chiranjivi Lunkad
Design team: Prakash Suthar, Pallavi R, Rashmi Shewale
Contractor: Prima Domus execution team
Built-up area: 940sq ft
Year of completion: 2020