Flame Retardant?

Liyuan library by architect Li Xiaodong

How deep in library land am I that my first reaction to seeing this beautiful picture of the Liyuan Library was, “Is that wood flame retardant?”? “Where are the sprinklers? The oxygen cut-off system? How many books do those shelves hold? Do the librarians have a good weeding and storage facility to alleviate the inevitable space problems?” should not be thoughts that precede “Nice!”, should they?

Have I drunk the profession Kool Aid? Am I ready to pronounce it delicious?

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