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Max Dudler
location Berlin
function library, university
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The Jacob-und-Wilhelm-Grimm-Zentrum is the new central library of Humboldt University, located on the famous old boulevard Unter den Linden, near Museum Island and Brandenburg Gate. It's the biggest freehand library in Germany and contains 2 million books, all of them public accessible and not in closed depots. Berlin-based Swiss architect Max Dudler won the competition, in which 277 architects participated, with a typical 'Berlin style' rationalist building. Behind a strictly orthogonal façade, the visitor encounters the big reading hall, which refers to the terraces of the Hanging Gardens of Semiramis. The space is illuminated by natural roof light and contains green desks and lamps with stone covers for 250 people, all designed by the architect. The atmosphere of the hall breathes a similar spirit as the big library hall by Labrouste in Paris. Most of the 1250 workstations are located directly at the façade with tremendous views over the city.

Harrison says:
"Grimm" is an appropriate name for the library. It's all grids and right angles, with nothing but the wood-facing (assuming that is wood) to add warmth. I suppose the architect was harkening back to the work of 19th-century Berlin architect Schincler, who also worked in a stripped-down classicism. Some may find the library thrilling, a metaphor for the computer age, but it looks sterile and oppressive to me.
eli_h says:
The reading room is superb architecture, but all othter functions are not very good organized, i.e long ways between printer and computer, toilet and wardrobe in the -1 level are much too small....
Berlin, Germany 08-Aug-10
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Completion 2009
Cost € 75500000,-
ArchitectMax Dudler
Project ID 5709
Latitude/Longitude 52°31'14N 13°23'31E
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