Architecture Monday

An amazing set of photos by Xavier de Jauréguiberry of the amazing Phillips Exeter Academy Library.  This one is a classic, an amazing combination of geometry, proportions, materials, and light to create this remarkable spatial experience.  I also love how understated it is from the outside – striking in its own way for sure, with its intriguing with its heavy load-bearing brick construction and classical regularity that gives the impression of a stacked series of arcades (almost coliseum like?), which is further enhanced by the actual arcade at its base and that open-air bit at the top. But within this smooth exterior is the explosion of space at its centre, with circles meeting squares, with concrete meeting wood, and with light diffused into an ephemeral glow via a heavy structural frame.  And the ancillary spaces are done with equal care and precision.  Exquisite work.

The Phillips Exeter Academy Library by Louis Kahn.

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