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Geisel Library (La Jolla, California)

Geisel Library (La Jolla, California)

The Geisel Library was designed in the late 1960s by William Pereira, originally named the Central Library.  It was renamed in 1995 in honor of Audrey and Theodor Seuss Geisel (better known as Dr. Seuss).  This 8 story tower at 110 feet (33.5m) is a prime example of brutalist architecture.  What’s really impressive is all the concrete structure lifting up this glass gem.  This building gives me the impression that I was about to board a spaceship.  After meandering around a forested area in the University of California, San Diego campus we arrived at this gigantic structure.  It was quite a delightful surprise!  I have mixed feelings about the Geisel Library.  It reminds me either of a spaceship or a HUGE tree, so i’m conflicted to decide whether this building really fits into its surrounding context.  Regardless of which way I may sway, the trip to the Geisel Library was amazing and to add to the fun is a great view of the Fallen Star (a permanent installation by the artist Do Ho Suh 94 PT ) nearby!