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I have heard from an engineer involved that the building is sinking (has settled 25mm already) and they’re unable to paint it for fear of additional mass; and are concerned about the bridge connection. No idea if true but this person claimed to know.
 

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I have heard from an engineer involved that the building is sinking (has settled 25mm already) and they’re unable to paint it for fear of additional mass; and are concerned about the bridge connection. No idea if true but this person claimed to know.
Better not load it up with any books...might make the problem worse.
 

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I have heard from an engineer involved that the building is sinking (has settled 25mm already) and they’re unable to paint it for fear of additional mass; and are concerned about the bridge connection. No idea if true but this person claimed to know.

I think that rumour has been debunked a few times over. I don't recall seeing any cracking or evidence of settling.

It's a pretty common college trope (sinking library)

Perhaps there's been a new development, but I doubt it.

Here's one piece on that from 2004:


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Aesthetics aside, the main functional flaw in Robarts is that it was meant to be a graduate-student library, and only later it was decided undergrads would also have access.

As a result, the elevator capacity to the stacks floors is severely taxed.
 

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Aesthetics aside, the main functional flaw in Robarts is that it was meant to be a graduate-student library, and only later it was decided undergrads would also have access.

As a result, the elevator capacity to the stacks floors is severely taxed.
This was a common problem in the 1960s when it was common to have 'graduate' and 'undergraduate' libraries. McGill has the same situation where the McLennan Library (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McLennan_Library_Building) was also built as a graduate library (where library staff sent books down to the masses via book elevators). It too has poor elevators for its current (and since about 1970) use by everyone.
 
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I think that rumour has been debunked a few times over. I don't recall seeing any cracking or evidence of settling.

Its a pretty common college trope (sinking library)

Perhaps there's been a new development, but I doubt it.

Here's one piece on that from 2004:


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Aesthetics aside, the main functional flaw in Robarts is that it was meant to be a graduate-student library, and only later it was decided undergrads would also have access.

As a result, the elevator capacity to the stacks floors is severely taxed.

My first impression was that it was a rather elaborate version of the classic "sinking library" rumour. It was quite common back in the day in relation to the original structure.
 
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I must admit I like the placement of those wood thingies inside....least I think they're are made of wood.
 

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I must admit I like the placement of those wood thingies inside....least I think they're are made of wood.
Interesting. I find them the weakest part of the design, viewed from outside. Totally incongruous with Robarts' restrained geometric repetition. Although I do admit they could be very cool from the inside.
 

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Interesting. I find them the weakest part of the design, viewed from outside. Totally incongruous with Robarts' restrained geometric repetition. Although I do admit they could be very cool from the inside.

I wish they stuck with the equilateral triangle/hexagon motif for this entire complex.

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Interesting. I find them the weakest part of the design, viewed from outside. Totally incongruous with Robarts' restrained geometric repetition. Although I do admit they could be very cool from the inside.
Can't vouch that me liking something means it's strong design wise. I also like a lot of weird stuff...and that's just weird enough for me to give a mild thumbs up to. 😸
 

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