OMA's Bibliothe?que Alexis de Tocqueville in Caen Slated to Open in 2017 - architecture and design

OMA's Bibliothe?que Alexis de Tocqueville in Caen Slated to Open in 2017

The official opening date for Caen's new public library, designed by Rotterdam-based practice OMA, has been slated for January 13, 2017. The Bibliothèque Alexis de Tocqueville will serve as the main library for the metropolitan region of Caen la Mer (in Normandy, France), with 12,000sqm of freely accessible multimedia space. Positioned on the tip of a peninsula that extends from the city to the English Channel, the site is part of a larger area of redevelopment. The ambition is for the library to become "a new civic center" for the city.

© Philippe Ruault

The official opening date for Caen's new public library, designed by Rotterdam-based practice OMA, has been slated for January 13, 2017. The Bibliothèque Alexis de Tocqueville will serve as the main library for the metropolitan region of Caen la Mer (in Normandy, France), with 12,000sqm of freely accessible multimedia space. Positioned on the tip of a peninsula that extends from the city to the English Channel, the site is part of a larger area of redevelopment. The ambition is for the library to become "a new civic center" for the city.
© Philippe Ruault

According to the architects, "the design of the [library] is defined by an opposition between mass and void, its main library space carved out of the center of the solid cross." This "urban belvedere" therefore provides views in all fou...
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