MSC.1 PUBLIC LIBRARY

 

The building is placed directly alongside the ARENA boulevard. The concept of the design is a direct result of the location. The corporate architecture of false facades in the area is being criticised by putting the functional heart of the building in the facade. Instead of forming a screen which keeps the activity of the building separated from the street, all books are placed in the facade which follows the line of the street and height of the surrounding buildings. The screen is placed apart from the rest of the building and could be interpret as a bookstore. Behind the screen on the floors the aulas are situated. Bridges connect the visitors with the books, giving the books an autonomous position in the design.
> December 2003, Arena Boulevard, Amsterdam (tutor Micha de Haas)