Found project: Library for Mount Benedictine Abbey


    Project : Library for Mount Benedictine Abbey

    Architect : Aalto, Alvar

    Completion: 1968

    Locality : St. Benedict (OR)

    Country : USA

    Building style : Modern architecture (not specified)

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    Description :

    The library building is sited overlooking a slope and between two existing buildings. Towards the campus it is single-storey, with the section dropping away to provide the library spaces. The book stacks radiate on two levels from the entrance and control point. A two-storey high rooflit volume separates the stacks from the entrance and contains all staircases.

    Workspaces occur at both levels of the library: open desks on the perimeter of the upper level without view but with high-level light, and below, carrels naturally lit with windows running from desk to ceiling and partially blinkered by vertical timber louvres outside. The materials are rough yellow brickwork, the basement cut into the hillside is dark painted concrete, and all window frames are dark hardwood. The roof is copper.

    David Dunster: Alvar Aalto. Academy Editions, 1978, 75.

    Ed. Antti Siitonen



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    Library for Mount Benedictine Abbey
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    Library for Mount Benedictine Abbey
    Library for Mount Benedictine Abbey
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    Library for Mount Benedictine Abbey
    Library for Mount Benedictine Abbey
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    Library for Mount Benedictine Abbey
    Library for Mount Benedictine Abbey
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    Library for Mount Benedictine Abbey
    Library for Mount Benedictine Abbey
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    Library for Mount Benedictine Abbey
    Library for Mount Benedictine Abbey
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    Library for Mount Benedictine Abbey
    Library for Mount Benedictine Abbey
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    Library for Mount Benedictine Abbey
    Library for Mount Benedictine Abbey
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    Library for Mount Benedictine Abbey
    Library for Mount Benedictine Abbey
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    Library for Mount Benedictine Abbey
    Library for Mount Benedictine Abbey
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    Library for Mount Benedictine Abbey
    Library for Mount Benedictine Abbey
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    Library for Mount Benedictine Abbey
    Library for Mount Benedictine Abbey
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    Library for Mount Benedictine Abbey
    Library for Mount Benedictine Abbey
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    Library for Mount Benedictine Abbey
    Library for Mount Benedictine Abbey
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    Library for Mount Benedictine Abbey
    Library for Mount Benedictine Abbey
    Image © Arto Kuorikoski

    Library for Mount Benedictine Abbey
    Library for Mount Benedictine Abbey
    Image © Arto Kuorikoski

    Library for Mount Benedictine Abbey
    Library for Mount Benedictine Abbey
    Image © Arto Kuorikoski

    Library for Mount Benedictine Abbey
    Library for Mount Benedictine Abbey
    Image © Arto Kuorikoski

    Library for Mount Benedictine Abbey
    Library for Mount Benedictine Abbey
    Image © Arto Kuorikoski