Single Buildings

The Brain

The Free University Library

Norman Foster not only created a sensational new building but also renovated a historically unique example of the structuralism of the 1960s and enriched it with his sensitive implant. The so-called “Rostlaube” (rusty pergola) of FU University, designed by the architects Candilis, Josic and Woods with a Corten steel facade had become a run-down labyrinth. It was carefully reorganized in the course of the alterations. The library building, also known as the “Brain” because of its shape, is a masterpiece by the British star architect, showcasing an unusual facade construction and pioneering building technology, most of which does not require mechanical support.

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