Libraries aren't what they used to be; they have to compete for attention now. Rem Koolhaas built his library in Seattle as a giant ramp and built his deathstar in Dubai; Greeen! Architects proposed dropping a Deathstar library (they call it a bibliosphere) on top of a student center and flexible administrative building for the University Duisburg- Essen.
UPDATE: We originally wrote that Greeen! had won the competition. In fact,
it was won by It was won by KSP Engel Zimmermann, from Cologne, Germany.
The architects write:
An open, ecological and vivid building complex is the result with the Bibliosphere as a distinguished signature architecture. The building‘s design clearly differs from it‘s surroundings and becomes a unique city and landmark.
The building is in constant dialogue with it‘s context, it‘s welcoming and presents a new look of the university towards the city. Transparent, light spaces naturally ventilated create a healthy environement for all visitors.
The facade of the sphere orientated to the city is planned to become an energy facade covering several functions. Natural ventilation and lighting of the reading rooms, solar energy, view to the cityscape, generosity of the main hall and climate control.
From its name on, the firm Greeen! appears concerned about environmental issues:
When we started working as architects, 10 years ago, the consciousness for a good treatment of our environment was already an integrated part of common sense in Europe. We took it as being self-evident. As we learned through the years, this consciousness grew more and more, also in other cultures throughout the world, who started to understand that our resources are small and our blue planet will not be able to deal with everything, that mankind considers to be necessary.
Rem Koolhaas's Dubai Deathstar
Baku Deathstar Cheap Imitation of Real Thing