"Peebles’ dome was one of the largest reinforced concrete spans in the world, a great technical innovation for its time. The classically ornamented interior was arranged on a radial panopticon plan, commonly used in penal establishments, with a librarian (rather than a warden) seated on a raised dais at the centre. From here an eye could survey the whole room and maintain order with stern admonitions to ‘Silence’".
Make sure you see the Dome Gallery in The State Library of Victoria next time you visit Melbourne. You'll be awe struck by this beautiful piece of architecture.
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