Towell Library

HplusF designed a proprietary tension structure for this temporary library on the UCLA campus.  Conceived as a grouping of iconic pavilions, and boldly asymmetrical, the Towell Library was nevertheless tightly woven into the architectural fabric of its surroundings, with playful homage to the school colors and subtler references to the curving balustrades and banded masonry of the existing buildings.  Lightweight, with a skeleton akin to that of an aircraft, the Towell's regularly-spaced aluminum ribs were covered with a stretched-fiberglass membrane that was in turn anchored with laced cables to surrounding masonry walls.  On the inside, a cavernous space was criss-crossed by angled struts and the muted light admitted through pressed fiberglass panels at each end of the building.  Despite its ephemeral nature, this jubilant building rapidly became an icon, with its luminous nighttime presence, and casual yet functional design.

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