"If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need." - Marcus Tullius Cicero(Cicero)
Reading is a very private matter. When you are unable to immerse yourself in the vast sea of books, a symphony of intertwined words and illustrations sweeps through, as if you are the first person in the book, enjoy the ups and downs and adventures. In this case, it is even more important to choose a place where you can read with peace of mind.
The architecture department of Auburn University in Alabama, USA, has established the design studio "Rural Studio" since 1993. From its naming, it can be seen that it tries to implement the design in the humanistic concept; to live in rural areas. Residents serve as the target, so that people who are less resource-poor and inferior than the city have an export that can seek assistance when faced with the problems of architecture and space planning. Rural Studio invites architecture students to invest in the project, on the one hand to accumulate students' practical experience, on the other hand, to become a good neighbor of the community, to build houses for the local people or the disadvantaged, and look forward to this land. Contribution. The only belief of the studio is: "Whether you are poor or rich, it is worth enjoying good design."
A white low-rise building in Newbern, Alabama, is a five-year-old library that has been refurbished for nearly two years, the Newbern Library. In the small town of Newbourne with a population of less than 200, the resources and construction cannot be compared with the big cities, and social occasions are naturally few. The local residents provided the building, which was built in the early 1900s as the old bank building, as a new library site. It is expected that the Rural Studio will add warm reading time to the town and also let the people in the town have a Assembly point.
In order to adapt to the new functions of the library, the design team expanded the outdoor space as an outdoor reading area; among them, it also reserved the old elements of the old bank, such as white brick walls and glass windows of the front door, as well as pine floors and banks. The treasury gates and so on are also all preserved, paying tribute to the common memory of the community. A simple metal roof is added to the top of the entrance to cover the sun. In the second half of the library, there are deep square windows, and the light from the outside can be poured into the room. Sitting on the ground is a pleasant reading landscape. The bookshelves that extend to the roof in the pavilion are made of birch plywood, like a yellow warm coat for the interior.
Up to 7,000 donated books have been filled with old banks, but here are not only reading places, but also provide after-school tutoring and computer teaching courses; for the remote Newborn town, Newbern Library It has become a likable social center.
Rural Studio piled up a low wall around the building—the courtyard, the sky and the book, remembering what the philosopher Cicero once said: “If you have a garden and a library, you have everything.” So the residents of the town may have everything in spirit.
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