The hall is the fulcrum of the entire complex, the focus of all the rooms on the ground floor; its original size has been restored, and the very vastness of the space seems to redeem the small rooms branching off around it.
A series of panels covers the entire ground floor, a solution Scarpa had already used to provide ventilation for the masonry.
The library's new book storage area, on the other hand, is constructed on four levels, served by elevators and freight lifts and fitted with 5000 linear metres of compact shelving.
Laura Della Badia
Interview with Mario Botta