10 Libraries Worth Visiting
The library is fighting for its survival. The digital revolution has struck a hard blow to the library’s historic status of being the only place of accumulated knowledge. Luckily, a number of contemporary projects seem determined in wanting to ensure the continued relevance of the library as an institution and societal focal point.
Projects such as OMA’s Seattle Public Library and COBE+Transform’s BIBLIOTEKET in Copenhagen have dared to venture beyond the monofunctional program of the traditional library and made it a community center, a place for meetings and events.
Snøhetta’s Bibliotheca Alexandrina and Dominique Perrault’s Bibliothèque Nationale de France in Paris are large-scale landmarks of hardcore geometric form, whereas Toyo Ito has sought to create a fluid spatial experience with a seemingly chaotic grid of arches in his Tama Art University Library in Tokyo.
All in all, the library shouldn’t get pronounced dead just yet.