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Warsaw University Library: general view of the entrance garden

Warsaw University Library: general view of the entrance garden
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Image by Penn State Libraries Pictures Collection
Title/View : Warsaw University Library: general view of the entrance garden
Title : Warsaw University Library
Other title : Biblioteka Uniwersytecka w Warszawie; BUW
Creator : Budzynski, Marek; Badowski, Zbigniew
Creator role : Architect
Creator 2 : Bajerska, Irena
Creator 2 role : Landscape architect
Date : 1994-2002
Current location : Warsaw, Mazowieckie, Poland
Description of work : Located between the Vistula River and the Warsaw Escarpment on a culturally and ecologically significant site, the library’s design is based on a "city in the woods" concept and was the winning entry of the 1993 design competition for the building. The library is built within the existing topography of the landscape (two levels below grade and two levels above grade) and is constructed of reinforced concrete, steel, glass, and pre-patinated copper. The building’s 5,000 square meter green roof is watered by a stormwater irrigation system and contains four thematic gardens, each of which is surrounded by massive skylights and connected by steel bridges. The roof gardens provide expansive views of the city and are integrated into the adjacent University Public Garden by grand staircases and linear water channels. "The library’s interior is divided both functionally and physically by a glass enclosed street arcade, which serves to separate and connect the library stacks andleased commercial space.The copper facade along Dobra Street displays eight [4×7 meter] copper tablets containing six different alphabets, mathematical and chemical equations and musical and literary concepts." (Sources: Linke, Lybra, "University Gardens, Warsaw" Topos. Jan. 2005, vol. 51, pp 98-102; Biblioteka Uniwersytecka w Warszawie. www.buw.uw.edu.pl/en/index.php?option=com_content&tas… Accessed 6/1/16.
Description of view : Two sets of stairs flank the "entrance garden" that connects the lower and upper library gardens.
Work type : Architecture and Landscape
Style of work : Contemporary: Postmodern
Culture : Polish
Materials/Techniques : Plants
Source : Pisciotta, Henry (copyright Henry Pisciotta)
Date photographed : May 2011
Resource type : Image
File format : JPEG
Image size : 2736H X 3648W pixels
Permitted uses : This image is posted publicly for non-profit educational uses, excluding printed publication. Other uses are not permitted.
Collection : Worldwide Building and Landscape Pictures
Filename : WB2014-0331 Library.jpg
Record ID : WB2014-0331
Sub collection : libraries
Copyright holder : Copyright Henry Pisciotta