Buckminster Knows 039

I truly am a sucker for brutalism, especially South-American brutalism and this structure is without a doubt one of its finest examples. The National Library of Argentina(1972) was designed by
Clorindo Testa (1923) Francisco Bullrich (1932) and Alicia Cazzaniga de Bullrich (1928-1968) after winning a national design competition in 1961.
The library is situated on top of a slope on the edge of an urban development and it was split in two to accomodate the large-scale programmatic demands. While the reading rooms are raised above the public plaza in a suspended concrete box and the administration area and auditorium are hanging just below; the book repositories are underground to protect the books from the sunlight and to make future extensions possible.  

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