Aberystwyth Project

Trevithick Library Refurbishment

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The Trevithick library is one of Cardiff University’s 11 libraries. The remodelling of the library used funding from the Wolfson Foundation to provide the best support for research activity and a work environment suited to the changing needs of students and academics within the constraints of the existing 1980’s building.

The priorities of the project were to:
Organise space, providing for the evolving needs of undergraduate study, research and teaching. Light: Zoning is organised in response to daylight levels. Shelving occupies the darkest areas of the plan leaving the nicest, lightest areas for study space.
Noise: Activities are located so that those which are noisiest are near to the entrance. Group study rooms run down the length of the study zone and contain noise produced in this activity. This bank of rooms forms a noise barrier between areas for semi-quiet study and individual quiet study.
Flexibility: In the future space can be increased through addition of a mezzanine level over the group study rooms. Power and data are managed through the use of furniture to provide for future technologies.

Improve the internal environment and reduce energy demand. The opened out ceiling and additional light wells improve daylight levels. A sensitively designed electric lighting scheme has low level lighting in circulation zones and task-lighting where activities take place. The improved mechanical ventilation system inputs air at a low level via ‘ventilation fins’ and opening rooflights have been added to allow natural ventilation on warm days, reducing energy demand.

Create a place that is inviting and accessible, to increase the number of users. Glazing has been used to give views into the library from the corridor, giving it visual prominence. A clean, simple palette of materials creates a calm environment in which splashes of bright fresh colour are added through the carefully chosen furnishings.

Client : Cardiff University Information Services
Value : £388kk
Programme: 2008-2009


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