past and pending

~ some of the past and a little that is pending


Gorgeous buildings made out of books 

Seattle Public Library - Environmental Design ›


Bruce Mau Design


i love where i work, its a building with strong styling, similar to this place. only not- this is on another level. 


“Longitudinal section of north stack, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. (fig. 4) ; Plan of north stack, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. (fig. 5)”

from Library planning, bookstacks and shelving, with contributions from the architects’ and librarians’ points of view. Illustrated. / Snead & Co. Iron Works. Jersey City, N.J. : The Snead & Company Iron Works, c1915, p. 14.


Just look at this. Isn’t it beautiful?


Library of University of Zurich, Faculty of Law by Santiago Calatrava, 2005

(via dressedupvamp)

Ceaser Chavez Library - Phoenix, AZ ›

Traverwood Library …see more on Architizer

Scholar’s Library …see more on Architizer


render of Musashino art university library, designed by Sou Fujimoto, via archdaily

We Want to Go to There: A House Made of Bookcases ›

Imagine a house, perhaps tucked into some quiet nook in the woods somewhere, where every wall is covered with floor-to-ceiling bookcases. No more piles of graphic novels and DVDs and classic lit cast sadly around your living room, judging you for not putting it on proper display. Just endless supplies of shelf space, even in the staircases. It’s a hoarder’s dreamland. And for those of use who stalk blogs like Bookcase Porn, it’s like we’ve died and gone to some literature-themed heaven. And now, thanks to the Kazuya Morita Architecture Studio, it exists.


Joe and Rika Mansueto Library by Murphy Jahn in Chicago, Illinois, USA

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Yale hired Gordon Bunshaft of the firm Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, who proposed what he called a “treasure house” for books. It would have to mix storage, offices, exhibit space, and reading room. It would also have to be secure, equipped with climate control, and not allow direct sunlight to hit the books. Bunshaft’s initial plan was to use onyx, which he had seen at a palace in Istanbul. Specifically he liked how light infused an onyx-walled bathroom in a harem.

a stone library with translucent stone walls at yale university. pretty darn cool.

Carnegie Library, Franklin, Texas by melystu on Flickr.