University of New Hampshire, Dimond Library

Durham, New Hampshire

  • FIRM

    Graham Gund Architects


    University of New Hampshire

  • AREA

    210,000 sq.ft.





Note: Cost/square foot: $50 (renovation); $250 (addition)

Built in 1957 and enlarged in 1967, Dimond Library originally was designed to be a utilitarian warehouse for books. Unlike traditional university libraries, the building had few inspirational spaces, and little attention was paid to the spaces provided for people.

The new facility, comprised of ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONASSOCIATED FIRMLucas Stefura InteriorsCOST PER SQ FT$50.00CITATIONBronze CitationFEATURED IN2000 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYLibraries/Media Centers 45,000-square-foot addition and 165,000 square feet of renovated area, raises the physical stature of the library to its appropriate symbolic position in the campus community. The design successfully integrates a 40-year-old existing structure with the new addition to meet the needs of a contemporary university library.

The addition consists of two new wings that house the major public spaces. The selection of materials, simple massing, geometry and detailing aspire to be direct, honest and durable, reflecting New England values. The interior finishes, furnishings and furniture are carefully knit together with the architecture to refine the grand public rooms. A unique character is developed for each of the major rooms, while maintaining a unifying palette and texture.

Photographer: ©Nick Wheeler/Wheeler Photographics

"Reserve reading room very inviting...light, warm colors. Wonderful design!”—2000 jury