10 October 2008

Our Place

"Nothing quite prepares you for the culture shock of Jay Walker's library. You exit the austere parlor of his New England home and pass through a hallway into the bibliographic equivalent of a Disney ride. Stuffed with landmark tomes and eye-grabbing historical objects—on the walls, on tables, standing on the floor—the room occupies about 3,600 square feet on three mazelike levels. Is that a Sputnik? (Yes.)"

We've started the merry dance of open homes again, but now I'm ruined. I want a library with the original Addams Family hand, a Raptor skeleton, Escher-like staircases and Sputnik.

"I said to the architect, 'Think of it as a theater, from a lighting and engineering standpoint,'" Walker says. "But it's not a performance space. It's an engagement space."

Judging by the photos the architect nailed it. So what's so different between this guys library and all of the new museum/gallery spaces that have been built in NZ over the last 10 years? At a quick guess I'd say the number of zeros after the dollar figure. Gotta love that US economy.

Full article at Wired.

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