Following a review in 2010 of library provision in Belfast by the newly established controlling body, Libraries NI, the
practice was commissioned through their Strategic Partnership with private sector partner Amey FMP, to carry out the refurbishment of four existing local libraries in the city – Whiterock, Falls, Shankill and Ormeau.
A design strategy was established, that provided a continuity in approach across the branches. This introduced a vibrancy into the interiors in the choice of colour, materials, furniture and signage, adopting a zonal approach to the layout, that acknowledged the particular needs of the very differing user groups.
Whiterock Library was constructed in the 1980’s, and was somewhat tired and dated. The design approach centred on taking the central pyramid roofed library space, sub-dividing it into areas of different character, and adding a small extension that will provide an informal reading lounge and provide a more welcoming frontage.
Shankill Library is a listed Carnegie Library, constructed in the 1920’s, where we are constructed its existing period interior was contrasted, with a contemporary approach to the fitout.
Falls Library is a grade B1 listed building constructed in early 1900’s. The design approach retained and enhanced many of the original features and inserted contemporary fixtures and fittings to enliven the interior
Ormeau Library is a quirky little building dating from the 1960’s that sits in a prominent location on the Ormeau Road on the banks of the River Lagan. The interior was simply enlivened through a painting out of the framework and walls in white and introducing bright splashes of colour into the loose furniture.