Continuing with the goal of improving visitors’ first impression of the Johnson Building, as noted in earlier posts, includes the initial experience as one enters the building. Another one of the big ideas that came out of conversations during the master planning process is the recommendation to remove the solid walls along the sides of the existing entrance lobby and to remove the mezzanine floor over what is currently the circulation area and the children’s room on the first floor.
The diagrams below depict a view of the first floor as it exists today and what it could look like should the interior walls be taken down and portions of the mezzanine floor be lifted out. The result would be a double-height space all the way across the front of the Johnson Building facing Boylston Street. What do you think of opening up the lobby in this manner?
The Boylston Lobby would become a place for orientation and where the library could interactively display content and information about programs and services. It might also be a place where an art or lighting installation would be possible. In the open area to the left of the Boylston Lobby would be a New Books area. The New Books area is envisioned as a place for readers, browsers, and visitors, where new and popular books, magazines, and newspapers would be readily available. Bringing books and library activity directly to the street, so to speak, is a tangible way to show what the building is all about and supports the project goal of enriching library services and user experience.