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First Look: Snøhetta's Hunt Library

February 8, 2013
Photo © Mark Herboth

Oslo- and New York City-based firm Snøhetta recently completed the James B. Hunt Jr. Library on North Carolina State University's Raleigh campus. The long rectangular volume provides 221,000 square feet of space for up to 1,700 students in traditional and informal study rooms, technology labs, and lounges. An envelope of fritted glass crossed by a zig-zag of aluminum sun shades lets in daylight and permits views to a nearby lake. An automated book delivery system (see slide 4) reduces the space needed for stacks and can accommodate a 2 million volume collection. In addition to library functions, the facility also includes academic offices, an auditorium, and a political think tank. Click the image above to view a slide show.

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