Located inside Brown University's Sciences Library, a brutalist concrete tower dating from the 1960s, the 24-hour Friedman Study Center caters to a broad university public. Activating the base of the tower, the Study Center offers a ground floor café, mezzanine level study space, and an expansive underground level. Characteristics of the existing building, such as board formed concrete and four sunken courtyards, are enhanced by new lighting, courtyard landscape design, and vibrant finishes.
The Friedman Study Center is organized around study activities and their corresponding noise volumes, appealing both to students who work alone and those who work collaboratively in groups. Several micro-environments, each furnished with a distinct identity, graduate through the space, defined by quieter individual activity to louder, collaborative work. Brightly colored furniture and vivid patterns refer to the existing building's 1960's debut. Varied seating and "flirtstones" can be arranged for lounging in sunshine near the courtyards or for group discussion. Collaboration rooms feature glass walls for writing, and hidden throughout the space are silk-screened illustrations from the University library's collections, complete with call numbers, for students to discover.