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Newell Hall, University of Florida

Newell Hall, University of Florida

Gainesville

Built in 2017.

Designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects & Schenkel Shultz Architecture.

In response to a request from the University of Florida’s student government to provide collaborative study spaces, the historic Newell Hall was transformed into a student-oriented “Learning Commons” that acts as a social learning laboratory rather than a traditional library. The renovated building and a new extension provide flexible 24/7 student study and gathering spaces while offering access to technology and food service across 20,000 square feet. The four-story building is organized around a central social stair that encourages student collaboration, establishes a sense of place, and opens the core of the historic building to natural light. Newell Hall accommodates flexible seating groups and includes meeting rooms, comfortable nooks, lounge areas, study stations, and technology-enabled meeting tables and desks. An Au Bon Pain café fulfills a request for food service made by students and differentiates Newell Hall from a traditional library. Outside, the building provides a landscaped plaza for studying, socializing, and group gathering.

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