The extension of the Library for Architecture, Art and Design emerged from a design project on the Münster School of architecture. The building has been completed in April 2010. The realization has been carried out together with Bühler and Bühler Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Architects, from Munich.
From the architect. The Leonardo Campus in the north of Muenster forms with the academy of art, the Muenster school of architecture and the school of design a creative-campus on the site of a former trooper barrack. The book inventories of all three institutions are merged in a library and stand behind the walls of a part of the former horse stables. The shelves required more space. But where?
In the past horses stood in front of the stables, now the books are going to stand there. They are framed by a glass facade, whose large-sized glass panels are reinforced by glass fins. This facade made of especially clear glass shapes the building through its great transparency. The books so become during daytime and especially at night from the outside an important element of the university campus and form a memorable sign of education.
The space is divided into three parts and offers different working atmospheres to the students. Up front the facade it is develop into three study-carrels for an undisturbed learning, in the rear stands a large table for groups, separable as required through an acoustic curtain. As a transformable element it can form an individual thinking-zone or open up a larger area. Through its indifference the curtain gene- rates a constantly changing relation to space.
In this building white becomes clear in the interaction of intense green ceiling and black floor with the chromaticity of the trees outside and the brick color of the surrounding buildings. Looking through the facade the surrounding appears in high gloss, much more colorful as this can be experienced outside the building.
In the rear of the building the roof with look of wing rests on three columns. Their form is oriented on a moment of movement of the leg of a horse who has been moving there in past times. They are digitally generated in modern steel technology.
In Muenster it rains a lot. Along of open elements on the entire length of the building the rainfall is being staged and becomes a special experience in it falls down. It looks like a curtain in form of a second layer in front of the glass facade. The rainwater is being collected in an infiltration ditch in front of the building and returned ecologically to the terrain.