Delaware Public Library, Central Facility

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Show simple item record Erbacher, Robert S. en_US 2011-06-03T19:38:30Z 2011-06-03T19:38:30Z 1972 en_US 1972
dc.identifier LD2489.Z52 1972 .E73 en_US
dc.description.abstract In order for any person to establish any conception whatsoever as to the essence of this design, it is imperative that such person receive some comprehensible understanding as to what my design ideas, objectives and goals were. This is the reason for the existence of this segment of the book.My design deals primarily with the establishment, in the city of Muncie, County of Delaware, of a public library facility which encompasses the entire county. A complete understanding as to the essence of the site is of paramount importance if one is to completely understand the key to the design concept. The site has existing on it two buildings which determined this entire design. The first building is the old Muncie Public library - basically a 2 story Greecian Period structure that could still have significant value to the city. The other building is the Indiana Bell Service Buildingbasically- a box and tower which has unhuman scale to it.My design was massed to respect both of these structures. I have a terraced step back stack system that is three stories high. This aided in gradually bringing down the scale of Indiana Bell down to the pedistrian. I felt that the old Library should maintain an independence of structure. I have done this by considering the Greek cross plan of the existing library geometricallyas a cube. I have used the edges of my building to act totally as a frame for the old library. I have incorporated a courtyard system between my library and the existing library to act as a transition zone between the two buildings. I have carried these courtyard materials and landscaping tools around the total block to unite the entire site. This courtyard, in my mind would serve as a refreshing oasis to the pedestrians in the city who, for all practical purposes, have no urban parks now. The courtyard. materials, are also carried into the central space of my building to achieve a visual and physical continuity between this space and the courtyard. The central space is the key to my building, in a sense everything revolves about this point. It's primary concern is that of control of the people flows in the library. Secondarily it becomes a visual orientation node to the entire building.The first floor has most of the public functions on it to achieve interest, variety, and interaction of people and events. Entrances to the building have been developed as to the circulation flows of people that would be flowing around the site. The massing of the central space, the development of the courtyard, and the interaction between these two elements is the key to this design, and were the most problematic areas of the entire design.
dc.description.sponsorship College of Architecture and Planning
dc.format.extent 103 leaves : ill. ; 29 cm. en_US
dc.source Virtual Press en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Architecture. en_US
dc.title Delaware Public Library, Central Facility en_US
dc.type Undergraduate 5th year College of Architecture and Planning thesis. Thesis (B. Arch.)
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