Located at the Freie Universitat in Berlin, Philologische Bibliothek is an expansive library designed by architect Norman Foster. While its size and collection seems to be straight out of a bibliophile's dream, it's the visually striking interior design of the architecture that immediately captivates the senses. The eye-catching interior displays a bright wash of white throughout the space, further adorned with a spectacular burst of lines, leading the eyes in all directions.
It has long been thought that lofty ceilings promote lofty thoughts; or rather, the more space you have, the more space you can fill with creativity and intelligence. It only makes sense, then, that a library should have, not only high ceilings, but a beautiful one as well. The elliptical-shaped building is exaggerated by a ceiling made of a grid of steel and transparent panels. This design allows for varying amounts of natural light to bathe the stark white space. With a ribbon-like flow, patrons are enveloped in various levels of books and seating—truly a vision to behold.
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