Li Ka Shing Library
Singapore Management University

Li Ka Shing library, as part of Singapore Management University (SMU), is one of the regions leading educational facilities.

Surrounding the library is Campus Green — a park landscape that is home to a huge 70yr old bodhi tree, which the library looks out onto. We amplified this engagement with the natural surroundings as part of a new interior fit-out of the library, in collaboration with Hassell.

Our concept was a non-literal representation of nature – interpreting the library as a ‘tree of knowledge’. We drew direct inspiration from the imposing bodhi tree and its distinct natural forms that change through roots, trunk, branches and canopy. Our graphics metaphorically capture this change over its 4 floors.

The result is a contemporary, minimalistic solution that provides a unique identity and distinct sense of place that connects with the student audience, staff and visitors alike.

THERE have created a contemporary, refreshing and distinct look for the Library that compliments the SMU brand and strengthens the interior design concept. When giving tours, we are able to tell a story of how the design of the library is connected with the surrounding Campus Green. Visually pleasing, THERE's solution enhances the library experience for students, faculty, and staff.
Gulcin Cribb
University Librarian, Singapore Management University
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