Originally built in the 1960s, the Scott Library at York University in Toronto, Canada, had a design that reflected the spirit of that period. But, with time, that changes too. So in 2010 the university decided it was time for a drastic change. The library needed to feel more welcoming, to attract students and to reflect our current era. The renovation and remodel project was conducted by Levitt Goodman Architects with Brock James as the architect in charge.
The library occupies an area of 17,000 square feet and the whole project cost $1.9 million. The main goal was to make the space more inviting, welcoming and relaxing and to invite to collaborative work and interaction. The team decided to reorganize the library. The result was a completely different look. The main floor now houses a series of study and tutorial spaces.
The internal structure and design weren’t the only changes. The atmosphere is completely new as well. In fact, the architects focused more on modifying the atmosphere rather than the architecture. The library now has a hybrid interior with various informal and study spaces. The team used bold colors for the interior décor along with geometrical shapes and patterns. The library is now modern and feels fresh and relaxed. It was a very productive change, most appreciated by the students that now have a place to study and interact, work on projects and collaborate.