Architecture California Feature

Acanthus x urbanbacklog: Geisel Library by William Pereira

Acanthus is pleased to announce the collaboration with Istanbul-based project urbanbacklog. Our first feature: the Geisel Library in San Diego designed by architect William Pereira. Pereira is famous for his mid-century landmarks such as the LAX Theme Building (together with Charles Luckman) and the Transamerica Pyramid in San Francisco. The library is named after Theodor Seuss Geisel, one of the most prolific 20th century children’s book author in the US.

Geisel Library (1968-70) is the heart of University of California, San Diego, both physically and mentally. Its brutalist and futuristic form designed by the architect William Pereira was even placed as the university symbol. Despite the scary and robust statement of the concrete structure, its giant glass coated in aluminum reflects the pink, blue, yellow and lilac colors of the famous Californian sunset.

Geisel Library must be one of the most impressive and beautiful buildings in the world. Even though it was named in Top 10 Ugly Buildings to Visit list of Reuters in 2012.

Text and image credits: Yağmur Rüzgar / urbanbacklog

This article is part of our collaboration with urbanbacklog. Acanthus highlights a selection of architectural photo series by urbanbacklog in the feature section.

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