Bibliothèque Alexis de Tocqueville in Caen by OMA, “a new civic center” for the city

Bibliothèque Alexis de Tocqueville is a public library for the metropolitan region Caen la Mer in Normandy, France. The 12,000 m2 multimedia library is located at the tip of the peninsula that extends out from the city of Caen to the English Channel.

 

Bibliothèque Alexis de Tocqueville, photo by Delfino Sisto Legnani and Marco Cappelletti © OMA

Bibliothèque Alexis de Tocqueville, photo by Delfino Sisto Legnani and Marco Cappelletti © OMA

 

Its key position – between the city’s historic core and an area of Caen that is being developed – supports the city’s ambition for the library to become a new civic center. The library’s glass facade visually connects the adjacent park, pedestrian pathway and waterfront plaza to the interior and together with two large ground floor entrances at both sides of the building, enables a fluid interaction of the library with its surroundings. On the upper floors, the urban belvedere provides unobstructed views in all four directions. (more…)

Les Aigues Library, a respectful renovation of a former urban water deposit in Barcelona.

The project, commisioned to architects Clotet and Paricio, uses prefabricated elements to locate rich and diverse spaces and reading areas along the 65meter-long vaulted structure. Originally built in 1874, the building is a roman-like construction with 12meter-high brickwork vaults.

 

Les Aigues Library, by Clotet+Aparicio © Simon García

Les Aigues Library, by Clotet+Aparicio © Simon García

 

Since 1999, the University of Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona has had a new library, set up in a forgotten nineteenth-century water tank located in the heart of the city. The project, commisioned to architects Clotet and Paricio, uses prefabricated elements to locate rich and diverse spaces and reading areas along the 65meter-long vaulted structure. Originally built in 1874, the building is a roman-like construction with 12meter-high brickwork vaults.

 

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