Libraries of the Future...Is Architecture the Key?
(Berlin "Brain" Source: Felix Krumbholz
...the role architecture plays in shaping how today's library is used, accessed and perceived is also building our understanding of how university libraries will be used in the future.
I came across this article from
in The Guardian online
and thought of our 4th floor renovation project here at the Gottesman Libraries. While not revolutionary in their proposal (and focused almost exclusively on the UK) that the 21st century library will have impressive futuristic architecture, modular elements, noise (with "pockets of silence") and an extensibly infrastructure, it is interesting to check-out the libraries they cite as exemplar of this future focus.
Here are my favorites:
Berlin's Philologic Library aka "The Brain"
(seems a bit like the inside of a Star Wars transport)
("shimmering gold facade")
The Ipswich Library
(unusual emphasis on plants and greenery)