Friday, January 4, 2008

Maya Lin's Langston Hughes Library

Before we get too far away from the 'Dairy House' post I wanted to draw attention to a similar (and previous) design, that of Maya Lin's 1999 Langston Hughes library. A 100 year old barn was cantilevered off a structural base that is two corn cribs, whose lumber is interwoven with glass. The barn contains a single 1200 s.f. space that houses the library, wisely in an interior that is Shaker-simple but elegant rather than homespun. Again, an innovative use of traditional forms that express the genius of their place, inspiration for any setting. And a wonderful use of an old barn. My midwestern upbriging has given me a soft spot for old barns.

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