Snøhetta has made a name of itself as an architectural company that likes to challenge the status quo in terms of form, feel, appearance and so on, and this approach is quite evident from the firm's latest project which presented a striking library building design.
The structure in question is the Charles Library at Temple University in Philadelphia. Snøhetta put emphasis on material as it undertook a mixed approach -- it used glass for the top and split-faced granite for the bottom volume. Wood, on the other hand, is utilized for the entrances (there is a total of three). The main walk-in of the library building design surely draws the eye of passers-by. Due to the unusual synergy of materials, it appears as if the wood "cuts into the stone volume."
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