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Library Details
Basic Information
Type
University library
Year of opening
2021
Total Cost
34,000,000 EUR
Location/Address
University / Institution
Ghent University
Address
Rozier 9
9000 Ghent
Belgium
Project Story
Main Motications and Objectives

The Central Library of Ghent University, designed by Henry van de Velde in the 1930s, is being restored and geared to the current requirements of library use and conservation. To this end, an entrance will be built next to the HIKO, which is part of the original complex, that will generate a new sequence of spaces around the inner garden. This includes among other things a café/reading room, a canopied terrace (which Van de Velde had actually designed) and workspaces for handling digital data individually or in groups. Together with the necessary technical modifications, and making the observation room at the top of the tower fully accessible, this clear-up will restore the building’s dignity as a place for study and reading.

Characteristics/Description

Restoration of the Central Library of Ghent University

Publications
Awards
New Project Data
Type
Renovation
Competition
Yes / 2007
Architect/s

Total Floor Area
20,000 m2
Floor Area Open to Public
Shelving Capacity Open Stacks
Shelving Capacity Closed Stacks
80,000 linear meters
Number of Staff
Total Seating Capacity
404
Group Study Rooms
6
Individual Study Rooms

Opening
Additional Features
Special Rooms

An entrance will be built next to the HIKO, which is part of the original complex, that will generate a new sequence of spaces around the inner garden. This includes among other things a café/reading room, a canopied terrace (which Van de Velde had actually designed) and workspaces for handling digital data individually or in groups.

Special Features

Together with the necessary technical modifications, and making the observation room at the top of the tower fully accessible, this clear-up will restore the building’s dignity as a place for study and reading.

Additional Comments