philologische bibliothek by norman foster leaves its mark in berlin
philologische bibliothek by norman foster leaves its mark in berlin philologische bibliothek by norman foster leaves its mark in berlin
oct 13, 2013

philologische bibliothek by norman foster leaves its mark in berlin

‘philologische bibliothek’ by norman Foster, berlin, germany
image © felix loechner




german architectural photographer felix loechner has recently completed a photo report on norman foster’s ‘philologische bibliothek’, the latest project of the freie universitat in berlin. the elliptical shape of the exterior form is enhanced by an elegantly gridded steel canopy checkered with panels of varying transparencies that illuminate the interior with a bright evenly diffused glow of natural light.  within the large open space stark white ribbons outline a the various floors containing books and seating areas.  independent from the exterior envelope, the contoured levels respond to the fluid expression of the roof while possessing an aesthetic nature of their own that transitions from areas of circulation to pockets of open space meant for sitting.



individual seats along the perimeter of the floor
image © felix loechner



the scale of the roof is made evident against the seating areas
image © felix loechner



view of the main entrance
image © felix loechner



image © felix loechner



image © felix loechner



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  • Beautiful blend of soft, bright sky and dark ground, so poetic and surreal. Reminds me of “2001 Space Odyssey”

    Ben says:
  • I Like this, but it makes me feel queasy looking at it!

    SJS says:
  • nice, I would like to see more. This seems to borrow much from the sage gateshead, an earlier F&P project. I thought the sage was a very successful building and I think the diagram and aesthetic have been recycled here into something simpler and more compact.

    dave says:
  • Hmmm… I don’t know, would I want to hang out there on a rainy day? Probably not….
    Looks cool though, but more suited to a museum of modern art…

    KEGS says:
  • Architects are a strange lot, aren’t they? Go to all that trouble of creating a totally considered aesthetic space… then stick the same old ‘stock’ revolving front door on it. Ahhhh, well, it’ll be stuck up with a few sheets of A4 before you can say ‘potted plants’!:)

    Gerald Peake says:
  • I like it very much but also admit to feeling a bit queasy while looking at the photos.
    It is interesting to think of the skin or light transferring roof as being a fluorescent ceiling and the entire building is underground.
    Just a thought that transformed the space for me.

    Ron Smith says:
  • Brighter is not always the better, even if it seems counter intuitive, too bright an environment reduces the level of comfort when reading or working on a computer.

    Lullylux says:

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