John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library
Graduate Student Space


The renovation of the Undergraduate & Graduate Computer Labs at the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library at Brown University was inspired by plant cross sections, photosynthesis, and light. These natural processes of movement from a central core through layers to the outside shaped the organization of spaces. Students experience this as they move from louder spaces at the center, to collaborative spaces, to quiet independent spaces at the exterior windows.  Interior finishes of limestone, walnut, and exposed concrete were selected to coordinate with the existing materials in the library.  Existing proportions were mirrored in new elements to blend the new with the existing. Furniture includes workstations, height-adjustable desks, and lounge chairs. There is also a student lounge with soft seating, kitchenette, and café.

Photography courtesy of Shawmut Design and Construction