Quinnipiac University, Arnold Bernhard Library

Hamden, Connecticut

This project undertook the renovation and expansion of a thoroughly inadequate library built in 1969. The front of the old building was remodeled to make its spire a beacon of light and to provide a stepped proscenium at the spire’s base for socializing, ceremonies and concerts. The rear of the building was largely demolished. It was replaced with a larger addition now ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$133.00FEATURED IN2001 Architectural Portfolio to a wooded glade, and the panorama of stream and mountain beyond. Inside, the old structure was reduced from three floors to two, merged with each other via a skylighted rotunda and open balconies. There is a variety of ambiences, ranging from the lively cyber cafe to the secluded team-study rooms cantilevered out into the treetops.

Computer access to knowledge is not relegated to enclosed rooms but is instead integrated into the building along with artworks that span the centuries.

Both within the library and at its front door, there are settings for social interaction and forums for a public life.