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Reading Garden and Garden Reading

This project proposes the integration of the George Bruce Library and the adjacent garden with a focus on sensory experience. Fractal patterning is used to blend the boundary between library and garden. Three materials create this pattern: The first is plants, which have numerous desirable qualities including visual and physical texture, scale, density, rhythmic motion, sound, and change over time—all of which are beneficial for creating a dynamic space. Plants also provide a valuable range of choice: their colors can be bright or muted, their textures prickly or soft, their densities light filtering or shelter providing. The second is stone, which provides both variation in texture and temperature, as it is cool when in the shade and warm after sitting in the sun. The third is cork, a warm-colored, sustainable material that gives when walked on. The program zones of the library and garden are set within this fractal and material pattern to provide a diversity of, as well as flexibility within, spaces.