120.000 SF | STAMFORD, CT
Public libraries, including the Ferguson Library, have the responsibility to design their spaces to warmly welcome and engage everyone, emphasizing an environment where learning, gathering, and finding a sense of belonging are paramount. Adapting existing spaces to be more open, flexible, and interconnected, libraries become more inviting, engaging, and energized—comfortably accommodating more people. Utilizing existing space more efficiently leverages the value of every square foot, leading to savings in construction and energy costs, and potentially attracting a larger audience. The library, rooted in its traditional role as a "cloister" of books and quiet study spaces, can also transform into a dynamic "crossroad" of open, flexible meeting places, catering to various needs for solitude or group interaction.