Libraries have harbored knowledge since mankind began putting words on paper. Cathedrals of intellect, these spaces deserve the aesthetic thought representative of the quality of information they preserve.
On today’s AEC Collective, we took a look at some of the most beautiful libraries around the globe, both old and new. Their detail may make focusing on the material in their books difficult, but they are certainly deserving of attention.
— Wes Anderson (@AccidentalWes) July 25, 2018
A man browsing for books in Cincinnati's cavernous old main library. The library was demolished in 1955 pic.twitter.com/O9H2RqAT4j
— Life in Moments (@historyinmoment) July 25, 2018
— RΛMIN NΛSIBOV (@RaminNasibov) July 22, 2018
Libraries have changed over time as technology has complimented physical books, but they are still fundamentally the same.
Stuttgart City Library, Yi Architects pic.twitter.com/FblIwCr9zU
— Architecture (@archpics) July 22, 2018
"The angles and curves are meant to stimulate different uses of the space, such as reading, walking, meeting and discussing. Together they form the 'eye' of the building: to see and be seen" says Winy Maas: https://t.co/312hI45Dna #library #mvrdv pic.twitter.com/Jkum69fAgJ
— World Architecture (@WACommunity) July 21, 2018
Great news Liverpool Central Library have won The Book Seller's Library of the year 2018 @CentralLibrary_ @angelcakepics @Lpool_Pics_2013 @scousescene https://t.co/NzPZ8NNV9G pic.twitter.com/cSuaiuzTf8
— Bernard Rose (@BRPimages) July 14, 2018
— Architectural Digest (@ArchDigest) July 9, 2018
The best libraries combine functionality with beauty.
Come with us as we take a tour of the most stunning libraries in the world, from the Richelieu library in #Paris to the #Stuttgart City Library and the Trinity College library in #Dublin. https://t.co/FspCjLk36A pic.twitter.com/PGYlml4ox9
— Vogue.fr (@VogueParis) July 8, 2018
— History Lovers Club (@historylvrsclub) July 4, 2018
For all my librarian friends. Strahov Monastery library hall, Prague. (Also my new home design goal. Though painting the ceiling could be tricky in a rented house.) pic.twitter.com/cCb13xaZst
— Kelly Gardiner (@kmjgardiner) July 15, 2018
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