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Under the rotunda
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This smattering of rotundas caught my eye. But I’m not sure how I feel about rotundas, actually; they’re awe-inspiring, but awfully cold and remote. Can you really love a rotunda? I guess part of the problem is that they’re always floating above such flat, empty surfaces.

I’ll take my distant, soaring ceilings like this, please.

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It’d be nice if that post linked each photo to its source…

I remember first seeing the rotundas in the LA Central Library and the LA Natural History Museum as a little kid and liking them a lot! They’re in such nice, detailed, rich rooms that they feel majestic but still human. Some pictures: eye-level view of the Central Library rotunda and tilted-head view; eye-level view of the Natural History Museum rotunda and tilted-head view (from this page). The Natural History Museum rotunda has been getting renovated for a while.

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Despammed! Too many links 😉

My favorite has long been the reading room at the Cornell Law School library. Something about it always inspired me. I suppose the cathedral style had its desired effect.

This rotunda, from a library of my home town, never felt cold and remote to me.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/jdneely/3239165614/

Cold is a good word; that domed shape was a way to moderate the temperature of the space before we had things like air conditioning. It’s one of the reasons domes are so common in the architecture of of the Middle East and parts of the Mediterranean, where you also had social conventions that didn’t always allow for the buildings to be ‘open’ at ground level in a way that would allow for cross-breezes. The hot air rises and becomes trapped in the dome.

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