The modern university library must respond to the demands of both book and electronic media creating an environment comfortable to both the ageing scholar and contemporary computer literate undergraduate. The University of Teesside appointed FaulknerBrowns Architects to design its Learning Resource Centre as a landmark building which is located at the heart of the university campus.
The design solution adopts a rectilinear form which is punctuated by a full height atrium space thus creating two four storey cubes of accommodation. The traditional great central reading room has been displaced to the building exterior in the form of two curved reader galleries located on the north and south facades. The fifth floor is a penthouse suite, cruciform in plan, accommodating office suites and a boardroom.