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Wiel Arets

University Library . Utrecht

Wiel Arets . University Library . Utrecht  (1)

Wiel Arets Architects . photos: © Jan Bitter & Andrea Giannotti

The Utrecht University Library, established in 1636, is located on the Uithof campus, situated a short distance from the city center. It is comprised of the library itself and an adjacent parking garage with multiple voids–between which is a courtyard garden and a café named for ‪Johannes Gutenberg‬–and the fenestration of both is fritted with an abstracted image of fossilized papyrus. The relief of this image is imprinted on concrete panels, which are equal in size to the fritted glass panels; together they compose the building’s façade, and the concrete panels return within the interior. Continue reading Wiel Arets