Henry Madden Library includes a video installation by the artist and architect Susan Narduli. The installation…
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The new Henry Madden Library on the campus of Fresno State University will have a total of five levels (250,000 GSF addition/91,000 GSF renovation) and will house the largest collection of volumes of any California State University. The project will be a metaphorical journey towards knowledge. The large elliptical tower will serve as the buildings's iconic entry - visually simple, yet intrernally complex. The tower's materials are woven together, echoing the native basketry of the Table Mountain Rancheria, who consider baskets "containerrs of knowledge."
The internal circulation is organized around a series of stairs and landings with the main stair travesing the entire northern wall and guiding the visitor through the heart of the library. The library's transparent northern elevation is adjacent to the Peace Garden, allowing for the natural beauty of gardens to spill into the building. Historic Native American patterns will be echoed in the interior decor of the library.
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