I thought some of you might be interested to see the newest addition to the campus of the University of Aberdeen, the new University Library:
This photograph looks strangely like an architect’s drawing, with the little stick figures! I’ve heard the lights referred to as “lightsabers”. I haven’t seen them in the dark yet – but in a month or so I’ll be able to do that before the end of the working day. I also hope I don’t have to navigate the sloping plaza up to the entrance on an icy day!
The library was designed by the Danish architects schmidt hammer lassen (no caps), who also designed the “Black Diamond” library in Copehagan. The Dafter commented that it looks like a marine centre, which is judicious, I think. Inside, it is an arresting sight with a huge central atrium:
The effect of the light coming in from all four walls is very pleasing, I think:
The views from the top floor are particularly stunning:
In the photo below, you can see the leafy heart of the university campus, with the stone towers of King’s College. Beyond is one of the high-rises in Seaton (to the left), the large white Aberdeen Sports Village (centre), and beyond that Pittodrie Stadium (right of centre). The strip of green between the sea and the buildings is a municipal golf course, King’s Links. You can even see the lighthouse, beyond the harbour. As usual the North Sea was busy with ships coming and going.
The day I visited there were very few students. The big question is: how noisy will it be once it is full of people and the cafe on the ground floor is in full swing?
And, in case you are wondering, yes there are books – although not as many as were housed in the former library (Queen Mother Library). However, we are reassured that anything can easily be fetched from storage.
So there you have it – a new addition to the Aberdeen skyline and a new place for students to study. Their reaction seems to have been very positive. I left feeling quite vertiginous, but I can almost imagine being able to think more freely while gazing through those windows at the views. At least on a beautiful day!