What a beautiful chaotic mass! There’s certainly no missing this building, jutting froth from the ground as it does, like the tectonic plates of the region that inspired it. As a cultural centre, it announces itself most unabashedly.
It’s also got a touch of a European castle influence mixed in there, I think. But that’s my projection from what I’m used to, for my eye also projects a little bit of climbing gym wall as well…
The wonderful chaos continues within. Not that this is true chaos, of course – you can certainly tell the difference between a carefully designed explosion of expressiveness and rhythm versus true random splatter construction. Here it’s all geometric exuberance writ large, creating shelves and nooks for all manners of books and objects and art, including multimedia! All choreographed through circulation, charting a decidedly spatial journey.
Very cool and lots of fun. A great fusion of a library, art museum, and natural history museum.