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Architect James Stirling
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Location Cambridge University, England   map
Date 1968 (1964?)   timeline
Building Type academic library and offices
 Construction System glass in steel frames, concrete with brick cladding
Climate temperate
Context park campus
Style Modern


Photo, exterior overview

Photo, interior, library reading room


Plan Drawing

Plan Drawing



Axonometric Drawing


Site Plan Drawing


Discussion History Faculty Library Commentary

"The building was the subject of a limited competition and, apart from changes in siting, is almost the same as the original project."

"It was necessary to provide multi-directional approaches in the History Faculty. To allow for different cross-campus circulation routes four entrances have been provided, two of which are at ground level. At the front of the building there is also an approach by ramp to the staff entrance.

The accommodation includes a reading room for 300 readers (12,600 square feet of shelving) which accounts for approximately half the floor area; the other accommodation is staff, seminar and common rooms."

— James Stirling Michael Wilford and Associates. James Stirling, Buildings and Projects. p97.

Sources on History Faculty Library

Peter Arnel and Ted Bickford, ed. James Stirling, Buildings and Projects. New York: Rizzoli International Publications, 1984. ISBN 0-8478-0448-8. NA997.S78J34. Color photo of interior, p106. Color photo of exterior, p100. Color photo, f5, p101. Color photo of view towards entrances, f2, p101.

Michael Brawne. Libraries: Architecture and Equipment. New York: Praeger Publishers, 1970. LC 73-089609. Z679.B83. p100-103

Roger H. Clark and Michael Pause. Precedents in Architecture. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1985. drawings and diagrams, p106-107. — Updated edition available at Amazon.com

Donald Corner and Jenny Young. Slides from photographer's collection. PCD.2260.1012.1834.055. PCD.2260.1012.1834.051

Vittorio Magnago Lampugnani. Architecture of the 20th Century in Drawings: Utopia and Reality. New York: Rizzoli International Publications, 1982. ISBN 0-8478-0464-X. LC 82-42534. NA2700.M3513. axonometric drawing, fig88, p105. James Stirling

William S. Saunders. Modern Architecture—Photographs by Ezra Stoller. New York: Harry N. Abrams, Publishers, 1990. ISBN 0-8109-3816-2. exterior photo, p60. — A wonderful & inspiring book of beautiful photographs by the master of architectural photography. available at Amazon.com

Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.— Available at Amazon.com

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