CATEGORY I LIBRARY: 1st PLACE
Rebound




TITLE

Rebound



STUDENTS  

Natacha Schnider & Chip Hubert
California Polytechnic State University,
San Luis Obispo



FACULTY SPONSOR  

Margarida Yin
California Polytechnic State University,
San Luis Obispo


DESCRIPTION  

A driving force in the continual reconstruction of New Orleans, REBOUND seeks to enliven the city's people by reinterpreting the common vision of the library. This ultimate public amenity is defined by equal parts knowledge and community, emphasizing our human desire to share our pursuits both virtually and physically in an increasingly disconnected world. The massive volume housing the physical collection of over one million titles set deep into the constructed landscape is occupied by an industrial-grade Automated Storage and Retrieval System (AS/RS), communicating the weight of our common physical history and providing a backdrop for the ascension to the top of the plinth. Here, pedestrian paths drawn up from the landscape of Woldenberg park converge to relate the building's entry to Jackson Square and Canal Street while tying back to the grid of the French Quarter.Within, reading and browsing opportunities vary in scope from traditional to virtual. The triple-height lobby accommodating an auditorium and trolley station serves as the access point to the retrieval system for all visitors. Above, reading spaces are characterized by a light and open atmosphere allowed by the clear span, emphasizing the expansive view of the river. Meanwhile, virtual browsing bays populate the lower level of this core and serve as the main interface between library goers and the AS/RS. Emphasizing digital technology, this approach seeks to enable users of all ages/interests while connecting the public as part of a larger civic body of shared knowledge.Selected for its beauty and strength, steel lends efficiency and economy to the overall scheme while paying homage to the steel yards that once dominated this stretch of riverfront. By developing the landscape into a sculptural plinth and access point for everyone while serving as a bridge crossing the site's existing train lines, REBOUND activates the riverfront.