If you’re ever in the UK in winter and looking for a library, you’ll be able to spot the Aberdeen University library from miles away.
The Aberdeen University library is a large 10-story rectangular tower with a façade that serves as a climate buffer, meaning it changes in response to different qualities and quantities of light, or when images are projected onto it. As DesignScene notes, “it will be visible as a glowing landmark.”
But its glowing exterior isn’t the only interesting architectural element of the Aberdeen University Library—the interior features a large, curvilinear opening that cuts through each level to create a continuous, fluid connection from the floor to the height of the building (see gallery above).
The Exterior of the Aberdeen University Library Responds to Light
1. Responsive Façades - Architectural trend of using materials that respond to environmental factors to create dynamic building exteriors.
2. Immersive Interiors - Design trend of creating interactive and fluid spaces within buildings through the use of large-scale openings and connections between floors.
3. Innovative Landmarks - Trend of creating visually striking buildings that serve as recognizable landmarks through the use of unique materials and designs.
1. Architecture - Opportunities for architects to experiment with innovative materials and designs that respond to changing environmental factors.
2. Construction - Opportunities for builders to incorporate new materials and technologies that create visually striking and dynamic buildings.
3. Tourism - Opportunities for the tourism industry to promote landmarks with unique designs and features that attract visitors seeking immersive experiences.