Lawrenceville School Library

Lawrenceville, New Jersey

  • FIRM

    Graham Gund Architects

  • CLIENT

    The Lawrenceville School

  • AREA

    45,000 sq.ft.

  • TOTAL COST

    $8,000,000.00

  • COMPLETION DATE

    5/1996

Located on the campus of a private, secondary school, the new library takes its design cues from the surrounding mix of romantic architecture. Situated in the center of the school’s revered Flagpole Green, the building provides a new focal point for the green, and a new physical and ceremonial heart for the campus.

The interior is organized around a central entry ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY381COST PER SQ FT$178.00FEATURED IN1998 Architectural Portfolio or great hall. Two special pavilions off the great hall are symbolic of the romantic nature of the campus. The visually open scheme allows for a clearly organized space easily understood by library users.

The new library is flexible to accommodate the technological evolution taking place in the world of information. No longer merely warehouses for this new age, libraries need to house tools for literacy in computers, as well as in language. Therefore, the design incorporates an electronic classroom where students and faculty can learn, hands-on, the latest techniques for research and data communication.

Photographer: ©Nick Wheeler