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Philology Library

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Foster & Partners
location Berlin
function library, university
contributed by christian_02

The Philological Library is the newest component on the campus of the Free University of Berlin. This library by Foster and Partners, built in 2005, is known as the Berlin Brain. Norman Foster sheltered the stacks of the university library with a double-layered canopy that opens for natural ventilation. The library has become the centerpiece of the university's Dahlem campus and a Berlin architectural landmark. It holds 700,000 volumes. The structure can be seen silhouetted on the canopy. The canopy's glowing, flowing panels inspire movement-driven floorplan. The overall blob shape results from an overall sense of place and movement. This movement culminates a yellow epicenter, a passageway to the next building. This building is about collective movement and transitions.

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Tadesse Esubalew says:
At the moment I am studying my PhD in Addis Ababa University. Also I am staff member in the same university. So, I am an Ethiopian.
I have seen your the building of your philology library. It is wonderful. Since my research is related to Geez philology, I am eager to know what type of collection are preserved there. Most of the time my research areas are concentrated on classic Geez literature. Do you agree to give feed back about your center?
sincerely yours,
Tadesse Esubalew, PhD candidate.
Ticket-B says:
Architectural guided tours for groups through the building by
For single visitors there is an audio-guide an a small booklet available for 3 €.
berlin, Germany 11-Nov-14
cbossert says:
the building is actually much smaller than it appears in the pictures, but still worthed a visit. No pictures allowed from the inside.
berlin, Germany 29-Sep-11
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Philology Library
Habelschwerdter Allee 45
Project is public!
Opening hours Monday - Friday 9:00 - 22:00 Uhr Saturday - Sunday 10:00 - 18:00 Uhr
How to get there? Subway U3 Thielstraße
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Completion 9- 2005
Floor area/size 6290 m2
Cost € 18500000,-
ArchitectFoster & Partners
Client Freie Universität Berlin
Project ID 5766
Latitude/Longitude 52°27'04N 13°17'15E
Contributed by christian_02
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