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Alvar Aalto

Library   Mount Angel Benedictine College

2014.02.25 21:36
Mt. Angel Abbey Library by Alvar Aalto

Aalto's Mt. Angel Abbey library design had an immediate (reenactionary) effect on "the Philadelphia School." The same year the plan was published, 1965, Venturi and Rauch in collaboration with Gerod Clark submitted a design for the Berkeley Museum of Art Gallery Competition--

--and in 1966 Mitchell/Giurgola Architects developed a design for the William Jeanes Memorial Library--

Both designs were not built.

Seeing the image above, the Northeast Regional branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia, by Geddes, Brecher, Qualls & Cunningham (I think) is the Aalto building section rendered orthagonally in a rectangular box.

Eventually, Mitchell/Giurgola Architects did design and build a library that is very much a tribute to Aalto--

--Tredyffrin Public Library, 1976



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