I like libraries. University libraries even more. My new favorite is the Geisel Library, University of California, San Diego.
Designed by William L. Pereira and finished in 1970, it sits on top of its hill as if this hill had been waiting forever and ever just for this particular building to be erected there.
To me the Geisel Library is an ultramodern take on the design of places like Himeji Castle in Japan.
Or maybe it just grew out of the ground, because in spite of all those expanses of glass and the rigid angles the structure looks organic, belonging there. It is quite easy to imagine how it slowly emerged from the ground, growing, growing to its full height, looking faintly otherworldly and yet fully of the here and now.
And then somebody came along and cleaned all those glass panes.