Stuttgart Library – an amazing space for books

I love my local library but I do wish that it looked like this one.

I’m all for architects and designers getting excited about libraries as spaces that can be built creatively – as well as generally being public spaces, libraries offer a place for learning, quiet and enjoyment.

After more than a decade of design, planning and construction, the Stuttgart City Library, in Stuttgart, Germany, has just been officially opened and I think for the residents of Stuttgart, it was well worth the wait.

Designed by Korean architect Eun Young Yi, whose design was selected from over two hundred submissions, the library is stark and absolutely breathtaking. Essentially the building is a cube – there are two underground floors and nine above, all linked by a massive internal cavity that is circled by open-plan floors and open staircases. Everything’s white, allowing the books to stand out beautifully.

Be inspired by other amazing libraries here.

(via Cool Hunter)


Katrina Whelen

Katrina studied planning and design, did the hard yards working in a big office building and then traded it all in for a relaxing (!) life at home with four children. She now fills her time with writing, completing a degree in genetics and taxiing her children around Melbourne to their various sporting commitments (not necessarily in that order).

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