Library architecture and design: a worldwide guide

Library architecture and design: a worldwide guide

Modern library architecture and design is an evolving craft as technology changes the dynamics of space, yet we will always crave the act of choosing a classic novel from a bookshelf-lined wall with a ladder for top-shelf access. Each project here, from the new Matsubara library in Japan, to the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library by Mecanoo and Beyer Blinder Belle in New York, is a case study on the modern history – and future success – of the library as a public resource and a place for ideas and contemplation. Jorge Luis Borges once wrote: ‘I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.’ We’re inclined to agree.

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