Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Stuttgart City Library

How often do you read? Of course, we're not talking about our articles, because we are sure you love to go through those, we are talking about physical(read non electronic) books. Books you can lend from a library, take home, snuggle in a warm blanket and lose yourself in some quality spent time with your book. Well, no matter how much you read, we are sure you would read a lot more if you had a library like this in your city. Stuttgart City Library just opened it's doors last week, and caused a lot of hype – not only amongst those avid book lovers from Stuttgart, but also amongst ones who love architecture and design. You see, this library isn't the average public building you come across everyday. Designed by architect Eun Young Yi,[http://www.yiarchitects.com/] this city library looks like a complicated two color Rubik's cube puzzle from the outside! But step in and you will be surprised at its simplicity. 




The interiors sport a very open layout with books visible throughout. Some may find the whites a bit sterile, but make no mistake, books are the center of attention here. But, what really caught our attention, and we are sure it caught yours as well are – the stairs! They are so randomly placed, connecting each floor, but also connecting the whole space together. You're not just climbing the stairs, you're exploring the environment around you, the view of the library is completely exposed to your eyes. We bet that climbing those stairs feels so triumphant! 14 more images after the break...


Of course, this kind of a monumental library has a CafĂ© named LesBar (in translation – Reading Bar) and a space for children to play and acquire the habit of reading. Their space is a bit more colorful, naturally, but still keeps up with the clean, structured vibe of the rest of the space. Books for children are cleverly put in bins, so that they can easily go through them, because we all know that they are mostly attracted to the cover of the book. And we are mostly attracted to this library! 














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