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University of California, Berkeley, Moffitt Library

Berkeley, California

The Moffitt Library Renovation reinvents an active place for critical thought and learning for today’s digital era. Two floors are transformed into distinctive, tech-friendly places for learning — one for collaborative, participatory studying and the other for concentration and focus. Both are equipped with technology and access to data and power. Integrating wellness into the space means 24/7 access, the option of sitting or standing at a computer, places to meditate and nap, both solitary and collaborative work spaces, and coffee and solid fuel close at hand. The project also addresses a new policy that requires gender-inclusive restrooms alongside traditional restrooms. Taken together, the design creates a library experience for today’s progressive students.