Todays second project, is the Free University in Berlin designed by Foster and Partners. Definitely one of my most favorite buildings.
The free University of Berlin is occupying a central role in the intellectual life of Berlin since the end of World War 2. It’s nog only one of the city’s most symbolically important institutions but definitely one of the leading universities in Germany with more than 39,000 students. The redevelopment scheme, included the restoration of its Modernist buildings and the construction of a new library on the campus.
Nicknamed the Berlin Brain because of its cranial shape, the four-level library houses more than 700,000 books (with space available for another 100,000). A double-layered skin–hung over a radial steel structure–brings daylight and natural ventilation into the space.
The building’s outer shell is fitted with alternating glass and aluminum panels, which slide open and work as ventilation elements.
More information and pictures on Foster and partners- Free University, Berlin
Pictures from Fosterandpartners website.