A Look Inside the Design of Cornell’s Ho Fine Arts Library (Scheduled to Open in 2017)
As public libraries and media organizations turn increasingly away from books and other print publications, devoting funding instead to technology-based resources—access to databases, coworking spaces, and the like—it seems strange for an institution to reaffirm the centrality of the printed word.
Cornell University is doing just this with its new Ho Fine Arts Library, which balances the legacy of stacks with the technological imperatives of today’s educational environment. This balance will be evident in the building itself, since the proposed design by Cornell AAP (Cornell University College of Architecture, Art, and Planning) alum Wolfgang Tschapeller combines a careful restoration of the brick exterior of Rand Hall, former home to Cornell’s architecture studios, with an innovative re-ordering of its upper stories.
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See Also: Architect Selected for Fine Arts Library Redesign (via Cornell AAP; July 17, 2014)
See Also: $6 Million gift funds Fine Arts Library transformation (via Cornell Chronicle; July 11, 2013)
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