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University of Warsaw Library

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Badowski Budzynski Kowalewski Architekci, Irena Bajerska
location Warsaw
function library, park
contributed by pkrajewski_pl

Once you have seen this green building, it is impossible to mistake it for another. Green fa├žades with monumental tablets illustrate mathematical formulas, sheet music and quotes from selected books in various alphabets. The more than one hectare garden roof abounds in greenery. Characteristic trellises for vines and creepers cover the external walls and interior of the main passage. The entrance is crowned with an open book with the dictum HINC OMNIA (all from here) and tremendous columns with statues of philosophers. The library consists of the front (crescent) and main buildings. A glass-covered passage links both buildings, which are incorporated into a unique landscape - the space between the bank of the Vistula river and Warsaw's embankment. There is no other building in Poland containing so many direct and indirect references to the worlds of culture and nature (text from Architectura-Murator Magazine 5/2006).

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