• Library Buildings in Europe

  • The Library Buildings in Europe website records  examples of good and interesting library buildings throughout Europe; it is a benchmarking tool for all those involved in new or refurbished library building projects including librarians, architects or any other professionals.

    The aim is to inspire and support anyone working on a library building project – a new building, an extension, a renovation, or a reworking of interior spaces. The wide variety of case studies will enable those involved in such projects to pick up on new trends, to share knowledge and experience, and to learn from, and make contact with, each other.

    Members of the LIBER Architecture Group (LIBER LAG) are delighted to offer this project as a tool to stimulate innovative ideas and new approaches to transforming the library model in the 21st century.

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  • Archives Bordeaux archive building architecture design interior view
    Filip Dujardin , Archives Bordeaux Métropole

    Archives de Bordeaux Métropole

    Bordeaux, 2015.

    The project is situated on the right bank of the River Garonne, which is traditionally cut off from the city centre, but currently part of a large-scale urban planning project.The new wing and the renovated hall, defines the dimensions of the forecourt, ensuring it remains open. This public space renders the city archives and its services more visible, inviting people who are unaccustomed to frequenting this building to come inside. The workspaces are arranged around the garden so everyone can enjoy a relaxing, unobstructed view.The former warehouse is now home to the archives and the reading room, which is consistent with its original use. The reception desk, exhibition galleries, conference and meeting rooms are on the ground floor of the new perpendicular wing. The offices and workshops are on the upper levels, which are only accessible to employees.

    You can visit it here.