Tomasz Kruszewski
The symbolic motifs in contemporary architecture of libraries – most frequent trends

    The article deals with an issue of leitmotifs used in architecture of libraries of the last three decades. Among them there are trends inspired by ecology, simplicity, ethnicity and elasticity and also – which may be perceived as a slightly archaic inspiration – by religion. Their choice results from fashions created by the western world and a post-modern philosophy. Both of these factors contribute to creating an image of a modern library isolated from its tradition and consequently rejecting classical ideological and symbolic solutions constituting its former cultural role.

Key words: contemporary libraries, architecture of libraries, symbols, semiotics of architecture

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