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A redesign for the hallway and coffee corner of the University of Twente Library : a design that improves the well-being of the users and attracts users to the library

Westerbeke, J.H.L. (2020) A redesign for the hallway and coffee corner of the University of Twente Library : a design that improves the well-being of the users and attracts users to the library.

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Abstract:The objective of this research was to create a new design for the coffee corner and hallway of the library of the University of Twente. This should be done since the current design is outdated and not attractive. It is a dark and worn out area which is not a calling card for the library. To change this situation, a new concept should be designed. This new design should inspire people to study and give them an attractive place to relax. To come to a new design, research is done, and a design process has been completed. The report started with setting up the research question and sub questions. The research question is ‘How can the entrance, including the coffee corner, of the University of Twente Library be changed into an area that meets the criteria of the Library, Campus & Facility Management and the users?’. The first step of the research is the analysis. The analysis is divided in two parts. First, a stakeholder analysis is held to get the different criteria clear. Thereafter, a situation analysis is done to get a clear overview of the current situation. From this analysis follows four themes that are used for the ideation which is the second step. The themes are University of Twente, Nature, Coffee Corner and Library & Vrijhof. University of Twente was chosen, because that is where the library is located, and the library wants a connection with the High Tech Human Touch appearance of the university. The nature is used as a theme, because there is a lot of green in the environment and nature has a positive influence on the well-being of students. The third theme is Coffee Corner which is based on the use of the area and it has a trendy look which could make the area attractive. The last theme is Library & Vrijhof to create recognition between those and the new design and to make sure that the new design fits in the environment. The results of the ideation are presented to the different stakeholder groups during a co-creation session. In this co-creation session, the stakeholders express their preference for the themes Nature and Library & Vrijhof. With input from the co-creation session and with information from the analysis, a design vision is set up. This vision is as follows: A design for the hallway and coffee corner which improves the well-being of the students and which is a calling card for the library. This vision leads to a research how the design could improve the well-being of the users. This research is done with the classification of influence of Tromp, Hekkert, and Verbeek. Thereafter, the concept phase starts wherein two concepts are developed. One concept is based on the Vrijhof and consists mainly brown wooden elements. The other concept is based on nature and consists more green elements. The two concepts are tested with staff members of the library and CFM with walkthrough simulations. This test leads to the final concept which is based on the nature theme but combined with the wooden elements of the Vrijhof. Some special features of the concept are the canvas acoustic green walls, the walking map, the tree based tables and the phone cells. In the report is also described how the design contributes to the well-being of the students. This well-being aspect is integrated in three ways, namely nature, seducing to go outside and comfort. Furthermore, a cost estimation is made for the final concept together with an execution plan. The concept will be executed in several steps to keep it affordable. The research finishes with a final test. This test is held among users. The test compares the current situation with the new situation and the new situation scores better on all aspects. Examples of the aspects are attractiveness and well-being. The report ends with the conclusion and recommendations. In conclusion, it can be said that the design meets the criteria. It improves the well-being of students with the nature elements and it is more attractive. However, there is more research and improvements possible. Among others, how well the intention of the design to improves the well-being really works out on the students when the design is realised.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:ET: Engineering Technology
Subject:20 art studies
Programme:Industrial Design BSc (56955)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/81231
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