Boston-based architecture and interior design firm ADD Inc has completed a temporary space for Dartmouth College’s Dana Biomedical Library in Hanover, New Hampshire. Illustrative pop-up anatomy textbooks influence the design, from millwork and finishes that reveal different layers as they unfold to a study room table resembling folded paper.
The entrance features a display wall showcasing the library’s curated medical manuscripts as works of art, while the reference librarian desk design mimics a book with lit resin panels serving as pages. A palette of bright reds and blues correlates to textbook depictions of the circulatory system.
The design team divided the 8,300-square-foot interim library into zones that support varying levels of audio and visual privacy. The layout includes three seminar rooms, six offices, an open study area, and a café. “The new design reflects the way that libraries function now as learning environments with more study and collaboration spaces and fewer open stacks,” ADD Inc principal B.K. Boley said in a statement.
The permanent library will be part of the college’s North Campus Academic Center, scheduled for completion in 2016.