UCLA Charles E. Young Library by Perkins+Will

A research library of University of California in Los Angeles was built in the sixties by the architects A. Quincy Jones and Frederick E. Emmons. Since then it had been subject to numerous enhancements ranging from a new surface finish to wider landscaping modifications. Its latest renovation was done by the Perkins+Will architects and focused on a significant upgrade in the energy efficiency, technology, functionality and spatial composition.

The quality of academic libraries is no longer determined by the size of its collection of literature, but mainly by the accessibility of materials, sources, services and options that it provides for their users. Therefore the study areas and offices were equipped with new digital technologies. The architects opened the building up in order to provide natural lighting to the interior and installed wind turbine powered energy sources and implemented a recycling program.

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