Faculty Library Engineering Architecture Ghent University interior design
Bas Princen , Faculty Library Engineering Architecture. Ghent University
Library Details
Basic Information
Type
University library
Year of opening
2014
Total Cost
500,000 EUR
Location/Address
University / Institution
Ghent University
Address
Jozef Plateaustraat 22
Campus Boekentoren
9000 Ghent
Belgium
Project Story
Main Motications and Objectives

Ghent University acquired the private library of Geert Bekaert in 2006. This collection (22,000 books, 360 periodicals) has a capacity of 500 linear metres. For this acquisition, a new library was needed. The Faculty of Engineering and Architecture also wanted to realize a faculty library. The combination of these two needs resulted in the realization of this new library.

Characteristics/Description

The library was the winning proposal in a competition (2010) for the organization of the library in an existing physics hall in the heart of a 19th century university building. The intervention of OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen is the insertion of a large, pavilion-like piece of furniture under the balcony of this physics hall. The “cupboard” is a construction of prefabricated steel elements. It contains passages, stairs and desks, and organizes both the library itself and the access to reading rooms in the side wings and the back offices. The library collections – organized in levels according to accessibility and exclusivity – are presented visibily towards the central space, which contains 4 reading tables. The design fulfils a dual function. A system of vertically sliding, perforated panels allows for the cupboards to be closed off, protecting the collection during lectures or other events, while keeping them visually present.

Publications
Awards
New Project Data
Type
Renovation
Competition
Yes / 2010
Architect/s

Total Floor Area
400 m2
Floor Area Open to Public
300 linear meters
Shelving Capacity Open Stacks
1,000 linear meters
Shelving Capacity Closed Stacks
500 linear meters
Number of Staff
4 FTE
Total Seating Capacity
60
Group Study Rooms
3
Individual Study Rooms

Opening
Additional Features
Special Rooms

A system of vertically sliding, perforated panels allows for the bookshelves to be closed off, protecting the collection during lectures or other events, while keeping them visually present. The library has in addition a Seminar Room (“Bekaertzaal”).

Special Features
Additional Comments