In an age of lightning-fast mobile devices that provide access to information with the swipe of a finger, books can seem archaic. So libraries, once bastions of the printed word, have evolved to fit the new, digitized needs of their users while continuing to do something the Internet cannot: provide a centralized, three-dimensional space dedicated to writing, reading, and research. This was the impetus for revamping Princeton University's 3,100-square-foot Julian Street Library, a media center and social lounge for students belonging to Wilson, one of Princeton's six residential colleges.
To foster a sense of place in the renovated reading room, New York'based Joel Sanders Architect (JSA) devised a carefully considered lighting scheme that creates two discrete “zones,” one for communal studying and reading, the other for relaxing. In doing so, JSA has given the students of Wilson College a more modern, comfortable place to work and gather.