The Native Tourist
reformed/biblical observations on Christianity and culture

Monday, April 16, 2007
A Second Look
I mentioned the Mt Angel Abbey Library in a post a couple of weeks ago. Here is a group of pictures that capture much of the richness of the place.

Alvar Aalto, the Finnish architect who designed the building, was wise enough to refuse to make the space dominated by views of the valley (which are spectacular). He knew full well that this would be distracting to study. Instead he focused on the space which has a beautiful sense of openess and light, and a logical but not over-rigid layout. The detailing is also outstanding. Everywhere there is wood slatting which adds warmth to the interior.

Along with Timberline Lodge at Mt Hood, I think that the library is one of the best buildings in Oregon.