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THE LAWRENCEVILLE SCHOOL
Bunn Library, Lawrenceville, NJ
 

This brand new 42,000 square foot library fits in beautifully among the late romantic 19th century Peabody and Stearn Houses that circle Frederick Law Olmsted’s renowned campus. The placement of the Y shaped library building establishes it as a the new academic heart of the campus and it’s strategic setting helps to better unify and define the various shaped spaces that the campus is known for; the Circle, the Crescent, the Bowl and the newly created Triangle.

The dramatic three story cherry paneled entry is accessible from both the northern Crescent and southern Triangle. It is central to the plan and home to the main circulation desk. Serveral grand reading rooms are situated directly off this space and the stack wing immediately behind the circulation desk.

The traditional aesthetics of the building honor the long-standing history of the school. The technologically advanced infrastructure speaks of the schools commitment to academic excellence. Every seat, study carrel, and comfortable reading chair is directly wired into the schools database, and Internet. The floors are laced with a grid of conduit that provides maximum access and flexibility for future changes. The state of the art electronic classroom is instrumental in helping students and faculty become acquainted with the most up to date technology, teaching methods and universal connectivity. For this project, James Cullion was Associate in Charge and Project Architect at Graham Gund Architects.