I was inspired after seeing a friend’s photos online that captured the amazing energy of the library of human imagination – and had to Google to learn more about this amazing place.
What i found out is this – Jay Walker, entrepreneur and founder of Walker Digital, built this 3-story, 3,600 sq. foot library in his Connecticut home. And you won’t guess what’s in it. It literally blew my mind how one person could own so much badass stuff.
He filled it with “more than 50,000 volumes including thousands of landmark books and museum-level artifacts,” including a Gutenberg bible, an original Sputnik 1 satellite, framed napkin from 1943 on which Franklin D. Roosevelt outlined his plan to win World War II, a chandelier from Die Another Day, A 1699 atlas containing the first maps to show the sun, not the earth, as the center of the known universe, a gadget lab and more.
The gadget lab is truly inspiring from a tech perspective because it showcases ORIGINAL hardware from over the ages- a confirmation of what we have accomplished.
INCLUDED IN PHOTO: A brand-new One Laptop per Child XO, far left, sits next to a relatively ancientRadioShack TRS-80 Model 100. In back, a 1911 typewriting machine and a 1909 Kent radio. The large contraption at center is the Nazis’ supposedly unbreakable Enigma code machine. The book to its left is a copy of Johannes Trithemius’ 1518 Polygraphiae, a cryptographic landmark. On the right is an Apple II motherboard signed by Woz. An Edison kinetoscope sits beside an 1890 Edison phonograph (along with three of the wax cylinders it uses for recording). Nearby is a faithful copy of Edison’s lightbulb. The gadget with the tubes is an IBM processor circa 1960. In front of it stands a truly ancient storage device, a Sumerian clay cone used to record surplus grain. [via Wired]
He states in his video that the library was modeled after the drawings of M.C. Escher, and for those unfamiliar, they are drawings that provide an architectural paradox [see below].
and compare these drawings to the actual library:
Do you have a place – a library, museum, corner nook, home, cottage – that truly inspires you? Or how would you design the perfect library of human imagination?
Please describe it in the comments.