by Lucas Gray
One of the defining characteristics of the design's interior is the visualization of the mechanical systems and exposure of the structure. Ventilation is tastefully exposed as is the beauty of the structural concrete walls, slabs and columns. The exposed concrete also act as thermal mass for the building, regulating temperature fluctuation. Furnishings were chosen to blend with the color theme set up by the concrete, muted grays, leaving color to be introduced into the space by the books, the building's users, and the green of the oxidized copper and plants. The main library space is accessed by a grand staircase that leads up from the main atrium. This stairs guide users between four large non structural columns, each crowned with a green copper statue of eminent Polish philosophers, and depsits the visitor into a second, three story, atrium. This atrium is dominated by ranks of twin concrete columns topped by metal tree-like structures supporting an immense glass roof and thus flooding the space with abundant natural light. The open planning of this level allows easy movement and clear organization as it functions as a the main library information space - housing the reference and circulation desks, a catalogue hall as well as some open stacks and student text books. The three floors above hold the the main stacks, reading rooms, offices, and other library functions. Small private reading desks are located along the edge of each floor, overlooking the library atrium.