Tuesday, February 3, 2009
The University Library (2004) in Utrecht designed by Wiel Arets is a recent addition to the collection of contemporary dutch architecture at Utrecht University. A finely textured black concrete and glass box houses the main library. The interior is characterised by large cavernous spaces which create visual connections between the different floors and study areas. The enormous scale of the voids gives the library a lofty and monumental atmosphere whose predominantly black materiality is imbued with a feeling of seriousness. The study areas are connected by ramps and staircases and provide a range of atmospheres from large and open to small and intimate for people to work in. The silk screen double glazing, textured concrete, white tables and light floor colour create a diffuse natural light within the library.
The library contains a bar, lounge, large reception area and auditorium which are characterised by red rubber finishes and furniture creating a more dynamic and multi-purpose program.