My Process investigated existing examples of Archives and their internal spatial qualities. I was particularly taken the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University, US by Gordon Bunshaft of Skidmmore, Owings & Merrill.
I was interested in the use of materiality for both function and creating a beautiful internal glowing atmosphere.
Made of Vermont marble and granite, bronze and glass, the exterior gives the illusion that the building is completely solid when viewed from the outside. It’s “windows,” blocked in a consistent linear rythmn along the exterior, consist of white, gray-veined marble planes that are one and one-quarter inches thick and are framed by shaped light gray Vermont Woodbury granite.
AD Classics: Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library / Gordon Bunshaft of Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill | ArchDaily . 2015. AD Classics: Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library / Gordon Bunshaft of Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill | ArchDaily . [ONLINE] Available at:http://www.archdaily.com/65987/ad-classics-beinecke-rare-book-and-manuscript-library-skidmore-owings-merrill. [Accessed 14 October 2015].