Libraries have a reputation for being places of intense, cloistered study, but the Edgar Morin University Library, which was designed by ROPA & Associes Architectes, works to subvert that classic conception. The library is topped with a large lawn that serves both practical and more metaphorical purposes.
In terms of practicality, the grass on the roof is environmentally friendly in several different ways. Firstly, it aerates the surrounding area thanks to the quality of the grasses themselves. It also serves as an efficient way to manage the heating requirements of the building as a whole, using the heat-absorbing properties of the greenery to deflect much of the sunlight while the soil serves as a natural insulator during the cooler months of the year.
A combination of nature and modern technology helps to set the Edgar Morin University Library apart.
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