July 03, 2012

Photo Essay: Geisel Library, UCSD Campus

The UCSD campus is full of interesting architecture, but perhaps its most famous structure is the other-worldly Geisel Library, named after Theodor Seuss Geisel (AKA Dr. Seuss).

The building - a prime example of brutalist architecture - isn't exactly as fanciful as some of Dr. Seuss's stories.

It's an imposing structure, visible from the 5 freeway but still tucked away on the university campus and surprisingly hard to find.

Its eight floors of varying widths are built on top of a tower, whose "ground floor" entrance is accessible via the third floor.

The poured concrete hasn't required restoration or renovation since its original construction in the late 1960s.

The glass windows reflect the blue sky.

And the interior - which I visited but did not photograph - is not nearly as interesting as the outside.

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  1. Poured reinforced concrete = legendary Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer, who's nearly 105 years old now ... and still working. If you ever find yourself in Brasilia, take a taxi to the city's Ministries Esplanade and let the Niemeyer-designed Cathedral, National Congress, National Museum and National Library buildings wash over you.