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Modern libraries aim to encourage use through casual seating, the ability to drop in for brief periods and permitting a certain level of conversation. Offering the possibility of such social interaction alongside the more academic use of the BFI archive, the Reuben Library is brought together by three elements: the bookcases, the furniture and the curtains. The sound-absorbing woven-wire bronze mesh curtains create an acoustic environment within which casual and academic reading can occur while also offering a sense of depth and filtered light to the reading areas. Traditional materials are used in a subversive way, oak, leather and bronze combining to create a place of ‘traditional modernity’ to meet the needs of the different constituencies who use the building. academic reading can occur while also offering a sense of depth and filtered light to the reading areas. Traditional materials are used in a subversive way, oak, leather and bronze combining to create a place of ‘traditional modernity’ to meet the needs of the different constituencies who use the building.

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Modern libraries aim to encourage use through casual seating, the ability to drop in for brief periods and permitting a certain level of conversation. Offering the possibility of such social interaction alongside the more academic use of the BFI archive, the Reuben Library is brought together by three elements: the bookcases, the furniture and the curtains.

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