TITLE

Underneath the Oak Trees: the Sedgewick Undergraduate Library at U.B.C

AUTHOR(S)
Mason, Ellsworth
PUB. DATE
January 1977
SOURCE
Journal of Academic Librarianship;Jan1977, Vol. 2 Issue 6, p286
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article describes the architecture of the Sedgewick Library at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. An unusual combination of sensitivity and intelligence marks all aspects of the planning of Sedgewick Library. Within, the traffic flow and functional layout of the library match the general concept of the building in their high degree of success, as is seen in the main floor plans. Head on from the main entrance, the tapering walls of the large truncate skylight cone come down through the ceiling. They are covered with the green carpeting used on floors throughout the building. While the feeling of the upper floor is light and airy, dominated by open traffic areas, with window walls inviting views down to the garden courts, this larger, heavily furnished floor finds its greatest interest in a range of visual activity. Beginning with the spiral staircase in the center, a visitor's first impression will be dominated by the stacks, whose yellow end panels play against the bone white tone of the shelving, green carpeting, and white painted coffers overhead. The very simple construction of the building in 1977 resulted in a cost of $25.42 per square foot, excluding site work, landscaping, and fees.
ACCESSION #
13248349

 

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