Brown University, Friedman Study Center
The 24-hour Friedman Study Center activates the base of Brown University’s Sciences Library, a brutalist 1960s concrete tower.
The Study Center offers a ground floor café, mezzanine level study space, and an expansive underground level. Bright colors, contemporary furniture, landscaped courtyards, playful graphics, and a sophisticated plan enable this 24-hour study center to further Brown’s commitment to interdisciplinary collaboration.
Characteristics of the existing building, such as board formed concrete and four sunken courtyards, are enhanced by new lighting, courtyard landscape design, and vibrant finishes.
Organized around study activities and their corresponding noise volumes, the Study Center appeals to multiple modes of working. Several micro-environments, each furnished with a distinct identity, graduate through the space, defined by quieter individual activity to louder, collaborative work