created by polish practice neostudio, the project responds to the university of life sciences in poznań, poland, which desires to expand and rebuild its library complex according to present needs and standards.
created by polish practice neostudio, the project responds to the university of life sciences in poznań, poland, which desires to expand and rebuild its library complex according to present needs and standards. indeed, the existing architecture is a 40-year-old construction located in the heart of the university campus — with many outdated features such as limited library stocks, restricted height, low visibility and ineffective horizontal composition.
neostudio‘s proposed design of the added building parts uses existing structures to a maximum extent. as a result, not only does it follow the poznań university‘s functional properties, but also puts a strong emphasis on the library’s role in the everyday life of the campus and city. even more, the characteristics of the project enables the number of library stocks to go from less than 600, 000 volumes to exactly 922, 820 in the whole building. in addition, the functional scheme of the library is enriched with an exhibition hall, buffet and quiet spaces for students.
the underground floor includes the re-designed department of collection and development, well connected to existing garages for book deliveries. at he same level are located the entrance zone, information booth, small bookshop, quiet zone for students and the exhibition hall with an opening to an outside terrace located on the east side of the plot. nearby, the buffet can accommodate 48 people with an independent entrance, supply zone and connection to a garden. on the ground floor, the cloakroom and administration zone were also given a revamped design.
on the first floor, all rooms are rearranged to provide a magazine, essential administrative zone with the manager’s office in the northern area and a big lecture room with its own backroom. the middle part is dedicated to the accessible collection, which is well connected to the upper reading area by the rounded, representative staircase. on the other hand, the second floor is an open-space reading room with the remaining available books and magazines. it is complemented by areas designed for individual and group learning, as well as boxes for students who need peace and quiet during work.
finally, to meet the demands of the evacuation, the north staircase was rebuilt and the additional one in the southern part was designed. what is more, toilets, backrooms and technical rooms on every floor have been provided, along with elevators and installation systems.