University Library UBU
This black box is both praised and hated. Let’s hear the architect: “It is a place where people can work in a concentrated fashion, but also one where they can meet others without the need of any other stimulation except the atmosphere that the building radiates. The book depots divide the space into zones interconnected by stairs and slopes. All in black figured concrete on which a partly double-glazed facade to which a silk-screened figurative pattern has been applied in order to let natural light in. Based on the idea that silent communication is important in a building where there is hardly any talking, the atmosphere had emphasis on creating a sense of security. That was essential for choosing a black interior. A light, shiny floor provides enough reflection to illuminate the books and white tables make it possible to read. The bar, lounge, reception, auditorium, desks, are all fitted with red rubber, thereby breaking down the mono-functionality of the library program.