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