Natural Interior Daylight in Berkeley Public Library
“Having beautiful spaces was really important, and a large part of that was having daylight available at the branch.” — Librarian Sarah Denton.
The better light increased the number of patrons using the library. Learn how the west branch of the Berkeley, California Public Libraries has been completely remodeled to include natural interior daylight, greatly increasing its use within the community. According to Denton, both the usage number have gone up as well as the amount of time people spend in the library. With the simple addition of skylights, the Berkeley has completely changed the attitude of the space. “Whereas previously people would sort of come in and grab stuff and go, they are much more likely to spend some time reading or browsing or chatting with people, or just sitting and enjoying the space,” said Denton.
There is no better light for our eyes than daylight. Despite the added complexities, Lee insists natural interior daylight is worth the extra effort. “In all the buildings I’ve ever designed, they always have had a daylight component, because it just makes sense,” says Lee.
Best of all, the skylights paid for themselves in the energy they saved. Learn how your library can quickly and affordable transform itself into a community powerhouse with the addition of natural interior daylight.
Date to be announced soon
Scheduled for 2016
Architect withÂ BAR Architects, San Francisco (unconfirmed)
To be decided
Gary Staso (unconfirmed)
Director of Store Design, American Eagle Outfitters (unconfirmed)
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