April-June 2007 | Studio Instructors Ashley Schafer & J. Meejin Yoon
Taking the temporary closure (and restoration)
of the Ohio State University’s Thompson
Library as an impetus, the (con)temporary
library project was an opportunity to rethink
the role of the library on a university campus.
The form was inspired by the network of paths
on OSU’s oval: a script was written to connect
every existing lamp post to its 10 closest
neighbors, rendering visible the existing
electricity and data networks on campus.
This network of curves was seen as an
extensive fi eld which could be lifted above
ground or embedded within it depending on
program requirements. As such, the “library”
could be no more than a raised bench for
reading, an elevated canopy providing evening
light, or its structure could become enclosed
and act as a more traditional library building.