Aberdeen’s Sir Duncan Rice Library officially opened
September 28 2012a full year after the general public were invited through its doors.
The £57m library houses over 1m books and incorporates spaces for study, group working, seminars and meetings. These are contained within a glass cube which contrasts with the asymmetrical atrium within, which is enveloped by the sweeping contours of eight floors of accommodation above.
Rated as BREEAM Excellent the library acts as focal point to a new public square, creating a new axis across the university campus.It is built on a base of Scottish stone with ground floor areas incorporating lounge and café spaces which play host to regular exhibitions.
Founding Partner of Danish architects Schmidt Hammer Lassen, Morten Schmidt, said: “The University has been committed to creating a magnificent academic library for science and research, which would at the same time be open to the local community of Aberdeen.
"All through the process the University has made visionary decisions and supported the design of the building. This has had a positive impact on the final result we see today.”
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