University of Aberdeen New Library

Schmidt Hammer Lassen
2012 Aberdeen

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A Universidade de Aberdeen, na Escócia, foi estabelecida em 1495 sendo uma das cinco universidades mais antigas em língua inglesa cuja biblioteca armazena uma valiosa colecção com mais de 250,000 livros e manuscritos datando alguns do século XIII.

The requirements in the competition brief were to create a magnificent academic library for science and research, which would at the same time be a meeting place engaging the local community.
Replace old library
Projecto vencedor pelos schmidt hammer lassen architects has an extensive track-record of libraries, from university and national libraries to public libraries, em que se destaca a The Royal Library in Copenhagen

15,500 m² new library
learning and research environment for students, university staff, visitors and the public

architecture can make a difference increase in the use of the library

The building is designed to meet the highest sustainable standards, minimising long term running costs and energy use, certified BREEAM Excellent. Consisting of an irregular pattern of insulated panels and high performance glazing, the façade not only allows plenty of daylight to penetrate into the building but also offers a great view over the city of Aberdeen.

Architecturally, the heart of the library is a spiralling atrium connecting all eight storeys, and as a dynamic vortex, wavering contours are cut into each floor plate forming a central atrium which spirals through to the roof.
eight stories of organic and diversely-shaped voids contrast the exterior's crisp rectilinear lines. the patterning on the facade creates a ratio of 50% transparent and opaque panes to control solar gain and heat loss.
Contraste exterior - Interior this space contrasts the clean cut exterior profile.
The cafe and lounge is located on the ground, and will host exhibitions, seminars and poetry readings. The main library is reached by four glass lifts that connect all floors.14,000 students with 1,200 reading spaces, archives, historical collections and a room for rare books.

The facade of the building shimmers during the day and glows softly at nigh, creating a luminous landmark - a beacon - for the city of Aberdeen./Morten Schmidt, Founding Partner