Perkins & Will reinvented the existing building to establish a vibrant new creative hub for the entire university community. Lathrop’s “jewel in the crown” is the 2-story East Asia Library, housing the university’s extensive collections of books, scrolls, and artifacts in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean, one of America’s most significant Asian holdings. The lush bamboo woodwork, red, black, and white color scheme, and glass display cases create an elegant oasis within the building.
Working with the clients over a span of a few months, I came up with several concepts for the glass entryway. After a few iterations, the clients chose a bamboo motif on the glass entryway.