ZURICH LAW LIBRARY - WEIGHTLESSLY WONDERFUL BAR ONE FATAL FLAW
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When asked to guess the function of this building from my photo taken in Zurich last month, my ten year old daughter guessed it, well, not in one but ten. That may say more about the architect than my daughter. This is a building full of unravelling surprise.
I'm rather obsessed with libraries at the moment, seeing as I very happily spend a disproportionate amount of time in them. Santiago Calatrava's monument to sensitive integration was worth the pilgrimage. Nested inside the courtyard of a listed building built in 1909, it literally floats up in grand octaves.
My rising envy of Zurich University's law students soon melted however when on my departure the receptionist told me that due to it lacking ventilation or AC, in Summer temperatures reach up to 30 degrees. I know this much. My brain doesn't function above 24. So left feeling something of the male peacock about the whole place.....