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Architect Juan O'Gorman
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Location Mexico City, Mexico   map
Date 1953   timeline
Building Type academic library
 Construction System tiled facades
Climate dry temperate
Context campus
Style Modern, with Pre-Hispanic associations
Notes Mosaic-decorated stackroom tower.
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Creator's Words

"Desde el principio, tuve la idea de hacer mosaicos de piedras de colores en los muros ciegos de los acervos, con la técnica que ya tenía bien experimentada. Con estos mosaicos la biblioteca sería diferente al resto de los edificios de la Ciudad Universitaria, y con esto se le dio carácter mexicano."

"The principle occurred to me, the idea, to make mosaics of stones of colors in the windowless walls of the stacks, using the technique that was already well established. With these mosaics the library would be different from the rest of the buildings of the City University, with this Mexican character."

  Juan O'Gorman

Resources
Sources on UNAM Library

Dennis Sharp. Twentieth Century Architecture: a Visual History. New York: Facts on File, 1990. ISBN 0-8160-2438-3. NA680.S517. context photo, p193. — Available at Amazon.com

Godfrey Thompson. Planning and Design of Library Buildings. Third Edition. London: Butterworth Architecture, 1989. ISBN 0-408-50024-7. LC 88-39168. Z679.T53 1989. exterior photo, p66. — 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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