What a perfect Sunday! I got to sleep in, woke up to a beautiful snowfall and had a day date with my husband that included a little photography, movie and dinner. It’s been way too long for all three and luckily Brady was up for letting me use his alumni status at the University of Chicago to gain access to the Mansueto Library.
I’ve been wanting to photograph this building for quite some time but haven’t had a chance to get Brady down there with me until now. My hope was for some sunshine and blue skies to compliment the steel design, not necessarily a snow covered dome, but you take what you can get. I’ll just have to drag him back here on a sunny day to get the images I’m envisioning.
The library was designed by Chicago architect Helmut Jahn which consists of this, almost alien-like, domed reading room. What makes the library so interesting is that all the books are housed under this area and can be accessed through an automated storage and retrieval system. The space is very minimalistic, which I definitely appreciate.