University of Aberdeen New Library

The ‘University of Aberdeen New Library,’ located in Aberdeen, Scotland is now complete. Designed by Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects, the library was established in 1495. A ground floor lounge and cafe will host exhibitions, seminars and poetry readings. Above this common area, wavering contours are cut into each floor plate forming a central atrium which spirals through to the roof. Eight stories of organic and diversely-shaped voids contrast the crisp linear exterior. Patterning on the facade creates a ratio of 50% transparent and opaque panes to control the solar gain and heat loss of the structure.

The campus is the world’s fifth oldest English language university with a library collection including 250,000 books and manuscripts. The 15,000 square meter facility accommodates 14,000 students with 1,200 reading spaces, archives, historical collections and a room of rare books.

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