Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Ralph Erskine's Stockholm University Library

Stockholm University Library
On a campus tour…
Visitor: What are those pods jutting from the building?

PR Rep: Reading rooms. And inside there are not only book stacks but also lobbies for conversation. The architect, Ralph Erskine, thought carefully about uses his buildings would serve.

Södra huset
Visitor: And that older building next to the library?

PR Rep: That’s Södra huset, it contains administration and classrooms.

Visitor: Looks a bit drab alongside the library building.

PR Rep: Erskine tried to avoid a design clash. The arch he designed to link the two buildings is his idea of trying to achieve harmony, not conflict on a site.
“The job of buildings is to improve human relations: architecture must ease them, not make them worse.” Ralph Erskine

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