Sometimes, you visit a library for what it offers: books, information, access to technology, or simply a quiet place to read and collect yourself. Sometimes, however, you visit a library because it’s simply a wonderfully designed space. Arcspace has compiled a list of 10 libraries from around the world, all built within the past 10-15 years, that are stellar pieces of architecture.
- Seattle Public Library, OMA/LMN (featured in our second episode!)
- Musashino Art University Library, Sou Fujimoto
- Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Snøhetta
- Tama Art University Library (shown above), Toyo Ito & Associates
- The Morgan Library, Renzo Piano
- New Library, University of Aberdeen, schmidt hammer lassen architects
- The Black Diamond, schmidt hammer lassen architects
- Biblioteket/The Library, COBE + Transform
- Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Dominique Perrault
- Lewis Science Library, Gehry Partners
Click through to Arcspace to learn more about the designs behind these modern libraries.
Image: Wiiii, via Wikimedia Commons.