Built in the heart of the city’s historic core, the building does a good job fitting into it’s context by matching adjacent buildings in scale and the use of the gridded brick facade which mimics window fenestration. The large hyperbolic arches announce that it is new and give the facade movement. The exterior arches are reflected inside by use of holes in the floor plate creating multiple atriums in the building.
It is a beautiful use of curved geometry and limited color. Colorful books and natural wood floors and furnishings add warmth to the white surfaces. I would be glad to study in this bold, yet subtle building!
Many miles south, a new library in Italy speaks volumes, quietly.
In the Italian town of Lonate Ceppino, Italian architects DAP studio have converted a former chapel into a library by adding a perforated aluminum tower.
The juxtaposition of the heavy masonry chapel and the lightness of the perforated metal allow the structures to have a quiet dialog, without pulling focus away from the historic chapel.
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