ruminations about architecture and design

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

facade as reality

The recent addition to the Cambridge Public Library by William Rawn Associates is impressive. Towers of Ilium regards it as a warm-up for their even more recent renovation of the Boston Public Library.

One of the challenges of modern library design is balancing transparency with intimacy. Patrons need a small amount of private "container" space to get things done. The windows of the library work best when they define circulation zones.

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