Well, now we know that Temple University's library will look downright stunning when covered in snow. Snøhetta has released new renderings of the university's newest library, revealing jaw-dropping interiors and a lovely view of the property at night.
First, the entrance. The 3-story domed atrium lobby, flanked by wooded arches, is designed to look like there are multiple entryways to the library. This space will include a cafe and "24/7 zone" to encourage both the community and students to the library.
There will also be oculus carved into the dome that will allow visitors to essentially find their bearings in the 225,000-square-foot space.
Inspired by the Greeks' emphasis on exchanging ideas in social spaces, this will not be a place for private study rooms and dusty books. As reported before, the library will feature an automated book retrieval system, which will help reduce the amount of books that need to be stored in the building—there are 2 million of them in the University system.
There will also be plenty of spaces both inside and outside for collaboration, including a green roof with stepped seating.
Construction is expected to begin soon, with the anticipated opening scheduled for Fall 2018.
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