The building houses a new kind of hybrid library: visitors can go there to view and borrow books, other media and changing collections, but the library also stimulates the joint production of new information. This will take place in so-called ‘lab rooms’, themed spaces spread across building that will make new connections with the permanent collection.
The large open spaces and floor areas match seamlessly with the heritage value of the monumental hall and the idea of an ‘open’ library. The six mobile, ceiling-high canvases make it possible to create isolated workspaces of various sizes or to transform the staircases into theatre or lecture spaces.
The open library area can be divided into different zones. Upon entering, visitors arrive in a large central hall, where they are met with a unique impression of the former lochal. This atrium is followed by a series of stairs and terraces where visitors can read, work, talk and perform. These terraces also provide access to the co-working floor, which is enveloped by meeting rooms. The wide corridors on the top floor are home to more intimate workspaces and lead to a public winter garden with a view over the city.
Source: Civic Architects
Photography: Stijn Bollaert (1-5) Arjen Veldt (6-7)
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