Revitalized Spaces

The remodelled library project undertaken by Vishwannath Associates responds to the existing architectural expression of a heritage structure with enhanced comfort to meet the needs of the students of a New India

library project undertaken by Vishwannath Associates

Fact File

Project : IIMB Library
Location : Bangalore
Size of Project : 50,350 Sq. ft (3 floors)

Situated within a reputed institutional campus, the footfall of this library had significantly dropped. The requirement was to revitalize the space, make it more technology competent, and increase its relevance to the current needs of Gen Y users.

library project undertaken by Vishwannath Associates

Based on the growing needs and expectations of millennial students from a library situated in a large institutional campus, we coined a few definitions which we then translated into design: “Technologically versed repository of multi-format content, responding to the current needs entwined with the existing library fabric, facilitating flexible functions and catalysing interactions between the students, faculty, and visitors.”
V. Vishwanath, Principal Architect Vishwannath Associates
“It is always a dream for an architect to be remembered for his firm’s good work. It is a huge responsibility, on the architect to make a marked difference to the end-user of space. The excitement, the satisfaction and the fulfillment of 42 months of work, that culminates in appreciation by the design fraternity is always welcome,” says V. Vishwanath, Founder & Principal Architect, on winning the award for the Library under the ‘Institutional and Public spaces category’ at the ‘IIID National Design Excellence Award 2019’.

library project undertaken by Vishwannath Associates

Preserving the traditional functional requirements, the additional functions are seamlessly woven into the pre-existing library narrative using colours as a common thread. Studies prove that using colour can increase the attention span of the users and reduce boredom. Hence, the element of colour has been introduced alongside the acoustics, AI intervention, pedestal for faculty works, comfortable seating, etc. Functions like discussion rooms, formal and informal reading, retiring zones, laptop bays, digital display areas etc are tucked in, along with softer, more flexible spaces.

library project undertaken by Vishwannath Associates

library project undertaken by Vishwannath Associates
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