In any case, I really liked this style. I think it may have introduced me to another way of thinking about space and material. For instance, take the Bata Library photo courtesy of http://www.flickriver.com/photos/richmann/tags/water/:
It is from 1988. Cool, eh? It looks like the early years of the library to me! I found this link that looks at the chairs of the library: http://trentu.ca/admin/library/archives/ztjacobs.htm Who knew someone researched that. Neato.
In any case, the Bata Library was one of the first real places that made me visualize myself as living in a different decade. Sometimes that is a game I play with myself, and for some reason, as much as I love the 50's, the Mod style of the 60's really gets me. The stairs are so big and made of wood and carpet, it's like the biggest awesome staircase I've ever had the pleasure of walking up and down. I love how the stairs are short so you can run down them really fast if you want, and it is way easier to go up them.
Anyways, I think I am through waxing poetic about the library. All that concrete made me think of it, and how I wish I could sit on the stairs beside Bata and dangle my feet in the river while watching the fishing boats go by, looking for the big musky in the canal.
PS thanks to the Bata Library archives for the pictures.