Throwback Thursday: UCSD Geisel Library

Recently published by National Trust for Historic Preservation as one of the “Six mid-century modern campus buildings you need to see”.  A landmark along the freeway to San Diego, up on the top of the hill in La Jolla, is the Geisel Library at UCSD.  It has impressed the student body and faculty since its completion in 1970 due to its complex shape – a terraced cruciform.  Despite this dramatic shape, the building was recognized by Engineering News Record for the fact that it cost less per square foot than the regular shaped UCLA and UCSB Libraries constructed at about the same time. The five-level structure sitting on top of a two-story base structure is supported by 16 massive concrete bents that slope outward at 45 degrees from the building’s core and terminate at the 3rd floor.



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