The Beinecke Rare Book Library, Yale University / by Jason Montgomery

Gordon Bunshaft's library stands dramatically in a court defined by a neo-classical "L" shaped hall and the collegiate gothic colleges across the road. The building's structure is bold, with the exterior envelope primarily supported on four corner piers, which become modern sculptural analogues to the Corinthian columns next door. The dark metal entrance projects as a half cylinder from the dark glass and metal transparent wall at the building's undercroft, offering a mysterious and tentative access point to the stunning interior.