Delft library, Mecanoo
Atmosphere: the splendid environment; a gateway to the digital highway but must also refer to important traditions
Brutalist style: a dynamic geometric style that is massive, monolithic and blocky in appearance and typically contains copious amounts of poured concrete.
Cone: the peak point of building, extending the grass from the ground to the very edge of the roof. The cone is more than an architectural statement – it’s topped by a massive skylight that not only provides lighting to the interior but it also helps highlight the cone from the interior. The building consists of five levels, four of which are contained in the conical volume.
Dissimilarity: Delft University of Technology Library as a contrast (yet complement) to the Aula or General Assembly Hall, built in 1966 by architects Van Den Broek & Bakema, softening this imposing Brutalist structure that sits across the way.
Ecotechnology: using less natural resources and energy use for production by technology
Forest of columns: Behind the sweeping bank of windows are workstations separated from the archives by a bank of vision glass. This keeps the library accessible while containing its functions. The sparse interior is highlighted by a large bank of shelves to the side which are accessible by catwalks. Heat and light is distributed by the forest of columns
Glimpse: The entrance affords a glimpse of the sunken book stacks for rare and irreplaceable books. Inside the towering suspended bookcase for the less fragile books astonishes the visitor.
Helical: the spiral circulation core, at the center, major human flow, as a spatial organization tool
Juncture (synonym of landmark) ya da milestone kullanabiliriz
Landscape: includes the physical elements of geophysically defined landforms. The library become the nature itself instead of shaping it.
Noiseproof: protect from harmful effects of noise. The mass of the planted roof of library provides noiseproof.
Pushpin: The large lawn roof is tilted up at one corner like a sheet of paper held by a single point. The library makes a symbolic gesture through its green roof, which rises like a sheet of paper into the air, while the cone secures it into place, like a pushpin. The architects explain that the cone is a symbol of technology. The playful approach feels a bit like a Claes Oldenburg sculpture transformed into architecture – a familiar shape produced on a grand scale.s
Rug: the coverture of green over the building
Signature blue: The book stacks stand in front of this blue wall and create contrast with the mixed color book covers. A suspended gallery of books against cobalt blue walls runs right through all four levels. the deep blue background gives the wall-to-wall racks the feel of a theatre set.
Trésor: The 15,000 m ² library contains extensive underground book archives, reading rooms, the university publisher, offices, Trésor for historical books and exhibitions, study spaces, and a book binder and book shop.
S ye alternative symbiosis : The design must also consider its relationship with the centrally placed auditorium, the brutalist building by Van den Broek and Bakema, great names in the history of the university and Dutch architecture. Through contrast, a symbiosis has been established – the towering concrete of the auditorium and the landscape in which the library is sited form a new unity.
Design (general design idea)
With a grass-covered roof, high-performance glazed facades and subterranean storage for heating and cooling, the building reaches high standards of sustainability.
TU Delft for short, covers four focus areas: energy, mobility & infrastructures, health and environment.
The columns in the central hall are not only structural but also provide lighting and heating.
The sloping metal ceiling continues without interruption across all spaces above a floor the colour of Saharan sand.