José Vasconcelos Library

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At first glance, it resembles some make-shift metal storage or even a construction site held together by heavy steel structures, top hung from the roof.  But no, it is a library and quite an unique one architectually, built primarily with heavy bolts and steels!  This is the José Vasconcelos Library in the Mexico city. 

According to Wikipedia, this 38,000 sq m (409,000 sq ft) library was labeled by the press as the “Megabiblioteca” (“megalibrary”) and  is considered a controversial and also the largest investment in infrastructure in the Vicente Fox administration. It is dedicated to José Vasconcelos, the former philosopher, presidential candidate and president of the National Library of Mexico.

More pictures and a write-up about the library here. Video introducing the library :

Love the music piece “Walking in the Air” which was written by Howard Blake for the animated version of Raymond Briggs’ famous children book “The Snowman. The song subsequently hit top 5 in the UK pop charts in 1985.
We’re walking in the air, we’re floating in a moonlit sky
The people far below are sleeping as we fly
I’m holding very tight, I’m riding in a midnight blue
I’m finding I can fly, so high above with you
Far across the world, the villages go by like trees
The rivers and the hills, the forests and the streams
Children gaze open mouth, taken by surprise
Nobody down below believes their eyes
We’re surfing in the air, we’re swimming in the frozen sky
We’re drifting over ice, mountains floating by
Suddenly swooping low on an ocean deep
Arousing of a mighty monster from its sleep
We’re walking in the air, we’re floating in a midnight sky
And everyone who sees us, greets us as we fly
I’m holding very, holding very tight, I’m riding in a midnight blue
I’m finding I can fly, so high above with you

About Rica

Director, Civica Library & Learning ... got teleported from the academic library space to the commercial library space in 2005 ...
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