Ruskin Library by MacCormac Jamieson Prichard

Designed by the same architect as the adjacent University Library extension, the Ruskin Library stands on the former site of a bowling green at the entrance to the campus, and in the architect’s words acts “as a symbolic gateway or propylaeum to the University”.

Reached from the east, the building “stands on a plateau of wavy meadow grass like an island surrounded by water, a metaphor for Ruskin’s Venice. The materials used on the exterior – white concrete blocks with a sparkly marble aggregate and green polished pre-cast concrete bands – recall Ruskin’s fascination with Venetian and Tuscan materials and construction” The external doors are of bronze-clad aluminium.

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