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Library Hopping: C.V. Starr East Asian Library Opens

Posted By Danica Li On Mar 20, 2008 @ 10:07 pm In News | Comments Disabled

symmetry.jpg [1]Thank God, Allah and Tom Cruise – it’s Thursday, folks! Now that midterms have finished kicking in our teeth, the Clog would like to take a moment to briefly acknowledge the opening of a new library on campus. In other words, we took an exciting trip to the C.V. Starr East Asian Library so that you don’t have to.

The $46 million library is the only one in the country built explicitly for housing East Asian collections and artifacts. And the weird fracture pattern you see on the Memorial Glade-facing side of the building?

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Those are “cracked ice” bronze screens. According to one of the leading architects, the screens “act as a golden veil and a symbol of the East Asian legacy, adding a near-dazzling presence to the heart of the campus, placing the East in dynamic relationship with the West.” Oh, lord. We lol’d. Respectfully, of course.

The colossal front door takes a Herculean amount of shoving and grunting to inch open, the library’s walls are hung with what appears to be carpet art, and everything inside gleams. That’s it, pretty much.

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There’re some nice nooks to nestle in, we must say.

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Because nothing makes people want to study more than a nose-to-glass view of the gorgeously sunny day they’re missing out on.

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There’re some nifty blue-purple light fixtures down on the basement floor.

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Say hello to your newest study buddy.

Image Source: Danica Li
C.V. Starr East Asian Library to Open March 17th [Berkeley News [8]]


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