Contemporary Modernism by Give it a Try

This project was submited to the Mies Memorial Library competition with Registration ID #23329
Give it a Try
Kareem Al-Eid
American University in Dubai

Mies Van Der Rohe was a revolutionary of his time in the field of Architecture. Designing around the nucleus of his core design principles –  openness and transparency. This project, not only integrates the basic principles but brings them up to a completely new level. If Mies van der Rohe would be designing a building today, he wouldn’t limit his ideas to the technological capabilities that existed at his actual period in life. The 21st century offers endless possibilities in form of technology to allow Architects to display the full potential of their ideas, an opportunity that Mies Van Der Rohe would have definitely exploited. The concept perfectly integrates nature into itself, by providing a unique opportunity to use the green roof to access an outdoor public space for reading and other activities while at the same time allowing students to enjoy a beautiful view of the surrounding areas. The Library must not be considered as an obstacle that will force people to pass through or have them walk around. This library has a staircase roof granting an unusual but practical additional accessibility. Moreover, the risers of the staircase are made of glass that would allow light to easily penetrate the interior of a space from an angle that wouldn’t allow the formation of any shadows that could potentially interrupt internal activities.

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