The ramp choreographs changing perspectives through the interior, and the arrangement of book stacks
on the perimeter contrives to open up the space vertically, so that the building becomes, in effect, an inhabited ramp.
A particular savings was the reuse of the existing book stacks
, replacing only the end panels for an updated appearance.
The Book Stacks
Web site, launched October 1994, "was the first Internet book store," said Fair-Taylor.
More than one organization has eliminated book stacks
without incorporating the hardware, software and staff required to support a wide variety of electronic products.
During a typical day, all public areas including book stacks
Encased in 200mm of self-compacting concrete, the composite structure appears deceptively delicate, while carrying high live loads from first floor book stacks
, and giving no hint of the extensive base isolation structure beneath.
For example, think of that librarian who kept looking through the book stacks
for that best seller you've been trying to get your hands on or that worker at the city clerk's office who efficiently helped process your last-minute passport application.
Though they were unavailable for comment, a handful of students seen dozing off in the soft chairs in the third-floor book stacks
seemed quite pleased with the new surroundings as well.
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Originally constructed in three phases (1953, 1959 and 1971), this two-phase design-build project included the construction of a 60,000-SF West Addition that houses book stacks
and the installation of an automated library book retrieval system at ground level; the construction of a 20,000 SF North Addition; the renovation of the 282,500 SF existing library and seismic reinforcement of the existing library for a total project size of 362,500 SF.
The soaring glass-walled atrium and concrete-framed book stacks
of Shigeru Ban's Seikei University library seem far removed from the lightweight structures and recycled materials for which the architect is best known.
His Book Stacks
, is owned by CUC International (NYSE: CU).