U of Aberdeen Library

Sir Duncan Rice Library - exterior


Sir Duncan Rice Library
Architect: Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects
Client: University of Aberdeen
Photographer: Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects

The new library is a bold, angular building for an ancient university. The architects were challenged to produce a 21st century learning and research environment for students, university staff, visitors and the public.

The heart of this landmark building is the bright, spiralling vortex of the central atrium, connecting all eight storeys, a dynamic ascent which contrasts with the clean-cut rectilinear exterior profile. The building offers great views over the city, the surrounding countryside and sea.

The façade, made of glass that is 50% clear/50% opaque, is patterned with a design derived from magnified local granite. By day it shimmers, at night it glows softly, a contemporary beacon of education and aspiration and a luminous new landmark for Aberdeen.

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