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Österreichische Nationalbibliothek - Vienna, Austria

The Österreichische Nationalbibliothek (Austrian National Library) is a breathtaking baroque masterpiece, finished in 1726. Formerly the court library to the Hapsburgs, it is one of the world’s major libraries, with an extraordinary collection that dates back to the 14th century. The current collection contains around 2.5 million books.

Visitors can also visit many special collections, which include prints, maps, papyri, portraits, music and theater. But the magnificent library itself is the focal point here. Among the exhibits are two exquisite Venetian baroque globes: one for the earth and one for the sky, each with a diameter of more than one meter. Keep your eye out for library employees slipping through concealed passages behind certain bookcases.

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midrisemixeduse:

I love this juxtaposition on Rue de la Republique in Lyon, France for three and probably more reasons.
Firstly, it’s just a beautiful pedestrian-first street. The surface texture tells you the whole area is for pedestrians, but there’s a curb so some vehicles (for deliveries I think) are allowed down, carefully. Note that the sum of the sidewalk widths is greater than the central thoroughfare width, meeting my 50% rule-of-thumb. Note also that there are no trees on this block (and definitely no grass) proving they are a far from necessary condition for pedestrian comfort.
The two buildings have obviously completely different architecture - in almost every conceivable way - but have almost exactly the same ‘form’, as would be defined in the Building Form Standards section of a good Form-Based Code. Not just obvious massing and placement features like height and a build-to-line, but also the marking of ground floor vs the rest, ground floor permeability and perhaps minimum fenestration. The new building would probably benefit from not having a single large store on the bottom.
Cheekily, I quite like that the new building reflects the beautiful traditional one, almost vanishing as if admitting that the traditional can’t be duplicated or bettered.

Lovely observations, and a great demonstration on the importance of space and form!
-Kasey

secretrepublic:

midrisemixeduse:

I love this juxtaposition on Rue de la Republique in Lyon, France for three and probably more reasons.

  1. Firstly, it’s just a beautiful pedestrian-first street. The surface texture tells you the whole area is for pedestrians, but there’s a curb so some vehicles (for deliveries I think) are allowed down, carefully. Note that the sum of the sidewalk widths is greater than the central thoroughfare width, meeting my 50% rule-of-thumb. Note also that there are no trees on this block (and definitely no grass) proving they are a far from necessary condition for pedestrian comfort.
  2. The two buildings have obviously completely different architecture - in almost every conceivable way - but have almost exactly the same ‘form’, as would be defined in the Building Form Standards section of a good Form-Based Code. Not just obvious massing and placement features like height and a build-to-line, but also the marking of ground floor vs the rest, ground floor permeability and perhaps minimum fenestration. The new building would probably benefit from not having a single large store on the bottom.
  3. Cheekily, I quite like that the new building reflects the beautiful traditional one, almost vanishing as if admitting that the traditional can’t be duplicated or bettered.

Lovely observations, and a great demonstration on the importance of space and form!

-Kasey


secretrepublic:

Why not make alleys places for people?

secretrepublic:

Why not make alleys places for people?


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untrimmed page edges of early 19th century books in original publishers bindings

michaelmoonsbookshop:

untrimmed page edges of early 19th century books in original publishers bindings



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René Gruau

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René Gruau

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