Library as Connector

Gathering Moss while Wandering

Should the university I work for decide at some point to build us a grand, new library, I respectfully submit this new building for consideration. The Vennesla Library and Cultural Center in Norway was designed by architectural firm Helen & Hard, founded by Norwegian architect Siv Helene Stangeland and Austrian architect Reinhard Kropf.

It’s true, the modernist design really appeals to me but there are elements of this building that mesh well with the MIT approach to building. The library serves as a spatial connector between three existing spaces – a community house, a learning center, and a public square. If you’ve ever been on the MIT campus, you know they love to connect buildings. If I want, I can work in three different libraries and attend almost all of my meetings without ever stepping foot outside. It proves extremely confusing to visitors and newbies but is much appreciated during…

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