Thus, although politics dictated a small budgetary allowance for the construction of a large building and current design practices place a great deal of emphasis on the engineering rather than the aesthetics of a particular work, the architects of the Jubilee Library in Brighton were able to mesh all of these concepts with a design that served the common man and his need for aesthetic beauty, proving Upton’s point that the everyday architecture should not be and perhaps cannot be separated from the concepts of aesthetic Architecture as a serious venture. The library can be seen to strongly grasp the importance of showing the structure in engineering and materials used as it proudly displays its support columns, glass and tile curtain walls and concrete slab supports. It meets with the budgetary constraints of the political powers that be in its use of inexpensive and locally acquired materials even as it focuses attention on the need to create ‘Green Architecture' that reduces the building's impact on the environment through a variety of means that also function to reduce the cost of daily operation. Through these devices, it accomplishes this intense understanding of its need to interact with and be interacted upon by its surrounding environment, including the people it serves. Yet, even as it accomplishes all of these feats, it remains an aesthetically beautiful building that inspires the creativity and the imaginative use of the structure by the local population, encouraging thought and reflection by its simple existence and meeting the requirements of the more aesthetically minded Architects in their need for adhering to theory, philosophy and the principles of design. It becomes easy to see why this building has been the focus of much discussion and the recipient of numerous design awards. In its successful construction, it has accomplished more than many buildings ever hope to achieve in its simple acknowledgment of the intrinsic presence of every day in the extraordinary.
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