Library Architecture: Moshe Safdie Proposes Design for National Library of Israel
Moshe Safdie’s proposal for the National Library of Israel posits an extroverted architecture that links the multi-axial site to a rich and varied program as well as provides dramatic views of the landscape. the central architecture gesture, however, is the expert synthesis of traditional building and technological tectonics in form of a buoyant, thin-shell structural roof, all enclosed by white fritted glass.
Rather than keeping the library’s main collection hidden from view, the library celebrates its collection; its fast-stacks are located in the center of the library and visible from all directions, forming a 15-meter high base supporting reading rooms above.
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