|The old university library (1978-2008) was regarded as not-refurbishable |
due to the energy consumption of its air conditioning (©Wikipedia/Klaus Graf)
|The new glass and stainless steel diamond in November 2013 (©Wikipedia/jörgens.mi)|
Not to mention the innovations built into the new library. The latest developments for electronic reading and internet have been incorporated. Although the building has triple glazing, it is not zero energy. Solar panels on the roof will support the heating system in winter while cold water from deep wells will assure that the interior temperature in summer will not exceed 22 degrees centigrade. Red Baron was impressed and is looking forward to visiting the public café inside the library overlooking the Platz der Alten Synagoge (Square of the old synagogue) as part of the university campus.
|Reflecting the late April sun (©Badische Zeitung)|
|The "sail" in position waiting for the rising sun|