Library Delft University of Technology
The library is a building of glass and grass. The University district not only gains a library that is connected to the rest of the world by modern electronic means, but also the atmosphere of a campus. A vast lawn opposite the Brutalist concrete auditorium is tilted at one point; the library slides into the resulting space underneath. You can literally walk across the library. There are a thousand study spaces for more than three thousand students each day. A cone, the symbol of technical engineering, pierces the lawn and library, attaching them like a pushpin. Upon entering, visitors are drawn to the impressive wall of books that hangs in front of an expansive deep blue background. The columns in the central space not only support the structure but also provide heating and ventilation, and illuminate the continuous metal ceiling that flows across all spaces. Daylight enters the building through the climate-controlled glass facades, as well as through the cone in the central space.