Gallery: Contemporary U of A Poetry Center is a Naturally Lit Work of A...

Poetry may be a dying art, but Line and Space LLC have shed plenty of natural light on one of America's most impressive contemporary collections at the University of Arizona in Tucson. Although it goes far to illuminate words for poetry lovers, Arizona's harsh desert sun requires a lot of mechanical cooling and has a harsh impact on paper, which is why the architects had to come up with inventive ways to restrict how much light comes into this massive building. Several passive interventions reduce the Helen S. Schaefer Poetry Center's massive energy load without ruining the reading experience. And to enhance the reading experience, an inviting bamboo garden was added onto the building's quieter end.

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