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The rare book library at Yale features architectural geometry

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You don't always have to hop on a plane to see captivating landscapes and impressive architecture and Connecticut has much to offer if you have an eye for this kind of thing. What caught our attention in Newhaven (besides the Pizza) was Yale's Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library. 

Designed by Gordon Bunshaft of the architecture firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, this library took 3 years to build and opened its doors in 1963. 

Included in this innovative design is a 6 story glass-enclosed tower of book stacks, there are roughly 180,000 volumes! The walls have "windows" which are actually made of a 1 1/4" thick translucent Vermont Marble Panel. The golden radio had major influence in the exterior of the building, with 15 marble blocks running across the face, 5 vertically and 10 in depth. Representing the golden ratio of 3:1:2.

 

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