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New Library, University of Aberdeen
schmidt hammer lassen architects

November 11, 2012 /

Aberdeen, Scotland

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The New Library functions as a meeting place and a cultural center for the students of the University as well as the Aberdeen community. 

The facade is constructed of an irregular pattern of insulated panels and glazing that lets diffused daylight enter the building. When lighted at night one has the impression that the library is floating above a plinth. 

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The facade of the building shimmers during the day and glows softly at nigh, creating a luminous landmark - a beacon - for the city of Aberdeen./Morten Schmidt, Founding Partner

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The heart of the library is a spiralling atrium connecting all eight storeys. The cafe and lounge is located on the ground, the main library is reached by four glass lifts that connect all floors.

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The University of Aberdeen was established in 1495, and the University library holds one of the world's greatest collections of books, some of which date back to the thirteenth century. The architecture of the new building creates an advanced learning environment in which the latest technology adds value to a magnificent collection of over one million books.

The new building is designed to meet the highest sustainable standards, minimizing long term running costs and energy use. The library has been certified BREEAM Excellent.

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Site Plan


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Ground Level Plan

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Level 2 Plan

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Level 6 Plan

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Facts about New Library, University of Aberdeen

Total Area:

15,500 m2

Client:

University of Aberdeen

Engineer:

Arup & Partners Ltd

Quantity Surveyors:

Davis Langdon LLP

Landscape Architect:

schmidt hammer lassen

Interior Design:

schmidt hammer lassen

Last updated: December 19, 2013

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