Towering tablets are set to rise from a central green-roofed mound at the new University of Indonesia Library, which will house five stories of books and other precious reading materials. Insulated by a grass-covered roof and stone cladding, and protected from direct sunlight, the library's contents will be preserved in an ideal interior environment that does not exact a hefty cooling load. Winners of an open design competition, Denton Corker Marshall modeled the granite-clad towers after stone tablets or prasati, which the ancients used to inscribe wisdom. They are carved with narrow slots of glazing that allow daylighting to reach far into the interior.
The University of Indonesia’s towers would project at various heights around the circumference of the green mound and play host to a bevy of functions, including meeting rooms, food courts, retail and banking facilities, as well as temporary exhibition space. Also available would be reading rooms in which the materials stored deep inside the earth could be enjoyed. Curvilinear ramps would link the library with the rest of the campus, promoting walking and exercise, while skylights would create light markings on the floor.
Books, ancient manuscripts, and other archival material would be stored on bookshelves arranged at the edge of a circular plan. Thanks to the building’s earth architecture and passive design, very little air-conditioning would be required to keep the interior temperature stable. One side of the circular center would open out to an amphitheater facing the nearby waterway, which has the additional benefit of opening a funnel of light that pours into the library itself. Rainwater harvesting will be used to keep the extensive green spaces alive, waste water will be treated and recycled, and energy consumption is kept to the bare minimum.
Via Arch Daily