Free University of Berlin: The Philological Library

Free University of Berlin: The Philological Library


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This building monograph details the newest addition to one of Berlin's most important institutions, conceived and built by leading architect Norman Foster. Occupying a central role in the intellectual life of Berlin since the end of World War II, the Free University is one of the leading universities in Germany. Its long-awaited redevelopment includes the restoration of the campus' iconic Modernist buildings and the design of a new library for the Faculty of Philology. This volume documents the construction of that structure. Photographs, sketches, drawings, and plans, accompanied by brief essays, reveal how this sleek and handsome four-story structure employs the principles of radial geometry. Featuring many of the cutting-edge concepts of its acclaimed architect Norman Foster, this library's serpentine profile of floors generates a sequence of light-filled spaces that inspire learning as well as provide an optimal environment for reading and studying.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783791345444
Publisher: Prestel Publishing
Publication date: 08/07/2011
Pages: 96
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

PETER BUCHANAN is a writer and critic who has served as deputy editor of the Architectural Review for nearly a decade.

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