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Warsaw University Library: general view of garden arch

Title/View : Warsaw University Library: general view of garden arch

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 [4x7 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. Accessed 6/1/16.

Description of view : Looking through the long, vine-covered archway in the rooftop garden.

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 : 3648H X 2736W 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 : WB2014-0349 Library.jpg

Record ID : WB2014-0349

Sub collection : libraries


Copyright holder : Copyright Henry Pisciotta


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Taken on May 30, 2011