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GUNNAR BIRKERTS: NATIONAL LIBRARY OF LATVIA, RIGA. Janis Dripe. Edition Axel Menges GmbH, Stuttgart, 2015. Opus, 70. 60 pp. with 68 ills. (36 col.). 31 x 29 cm. ISBN 9783932565700 In English.
Publisher's description: The building of the National Library of Latvia is a landmark of the capital city of Riga, a spatial symbol and architectural icon, created by one of the 20th century renowned modernists the Latvian-born American architect Gunnar Birkerts. His metaphorically saturated and expressionist architecture has established its permanent place in the history of contemporary architecture. The unique creative style of Birkerts stems from his deep cultural roots in Latvia, his architectural studies in Germany after World War II and the first years of architectural practice in the USA learning from the Finnish architect Eero Saarinen and the Japanese architect Minoru Yamasaki. Birkerts was invited to Latvia to design the National Library as early as in 1988. Three years later, Latvia restored its independence and the formation of a new state delayed accomplishment of Birkerts ambitious idea for 25 years. The idea, the design and technology changed as changed the times becoming a symbol of a new and free state. Thanks to its content and concurrent processes for reestablishment of the national state the building acquired a symbolic and meaningful name: the 'Castle of Light'.
Artist(s):Birkerts, Gunnar
Indexing: Western, Europe — United States, Latvia — Post-2000 — Architecture
Plans: 73
Worldwide Number: 167553
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