The most unusual libraries in the world, which are beautiful both inside and outside
Despite the fact that e-books in everyday life are increasingly replacing paper ones, many people still like to rustle pages in a calm and quiet place. For this reason, we still have not lost our library visitors, where you can read a rare book for free or for a minimal fee or prepare for exams, as students often do abroad. But some unusual libraries of the world do not just perform their direct function, but are real works of modern art. We will tell about the most beautiful of them.
Binecke Library of Rare Books and Manuscripts
First on our list we brought in such an unusual library of the world as the Banecke Library in the USA. This is a repository of rare works and manuscripts, preserved from the 20th century. This library was founded in 1960 by the Baneck family and is owned by Yale University.
The building owes its unusual appearance to architect Gordon Bunshaft. The external walls of the library are made of translucent marble panels that create subdued lighting inside, providing protection from bright and harsh sunlight. Exterior attraction of the institution is a large glass tower, which is a repository for 18 thousand book volumes. And in the underground storage there is a place for a million books and manuscripts.
Some sources claim that this is the largest collection of rare literature in the world, and quite diverse. For example, the English-language part of the work of the popular Russian and American poet Joseph Brodsky is kept in the Banecke Library.
Library in Binhai
Unusual libraries in the world are in Asian countries, and even some! For example, in the Binhai district, in Northern China, they built one of the most beautiful modern libraries, which has become a magnet for teenagers. It's all about the incredible futuristic architecture of the institution, which makes this place look like pictures from modern science fiction films about the distant future.
Bookshelves are visible to passers-by, even from the outside, thanks to the transparent glass walls that open up to the original interior. Rows of bookshelves here are literally from floor to ceiling, and they seem to encircle all the internal space in waves, hanging in tiers over each other. Any visitor can choose their favorite book and read it right in the same place, sitting down on sparkling white steps. But the most beautiful thing in this library is in the late afternoon, when lighting is lit inside. In the central hall of the library there is a huge globe resembling a globe, and at dusk it begins to burn with a warm soft light.
This amazing library is located next to a large city park, so there are more than enough visitors.
Public Library Bishan
Singapore today is one of the richest countries in the world, so it is not surprising that the government invests heavily in upgrading the city, its infrastructure, including public places for youth recreation and education. At the same time, much attention is paid to the architecture of buildings, they should be functional, but at the same time modern and interesting to look at.Therefore, Bishan Public Library of Singapore can rightfully be included in our most beautiful libraries in the world.
It was built only a few years ago, and has already become one of the most interesting sights for local lovers of modern architecture. Outside, this glass cube attracts with its unusual narrow and elongated room-niches, painted in bright colors - from lemon to blue. In fact, these rooms are special places where visitors can retire to a book and occasionally rest their eyes, glancing through the colored glass onto a busy street.
Inside, too, have their own multi-colored rooms, designed for several people or even for the whole group - these are special sound-proofing rooms, where readers have the opportunity to discuss the books they read. Computerization, of course, did not bypass this modern library: the issuance of orders is automated, so the visitor waits his book for no more than 5 minutes.
Delft University Library
A very unusual library was built in the Netherlands at Delft Technical University, which is one of the largest in Europe. It was built in 1997 behind the backyard of the school.What makes it unique is that it is partially located underground and resembles a bunker where you can hide from an air attack. The roof of this unusual library of the world is covered with grass, which at the same time serves as a natural insulating material for the building, as well as a pretty lawn for students to rest. But to see this abode of students and all readers can even be from afar - all thanks to a round cone, which crowns the top of the roof.
The internal structure of the library responds to all requests: there is a reading room, a computer room, a bookbinding department, a local university publishing house, and even a bookstore. The entrance to the library room and the staircase are surrounded by a large dome, and book racks are located around the perimeter of the building on four floors and rise directly above the reading room.
New Alexandria Library
There are also unusual and beautiful libraries in Egypt - for example, the New Alexandria Library, which is also called the Alexandrina Library. Although this building was recently built, it actually takes the place of the former Library of Alexandria - the legendary book depository, which, unfortunately, was destroyed 2,000 years ago. New Alexandrina opened in 2002.
The budget spent on this project was very impressive, with a lot of foreign investment, and these contributions paid off. The exterior of the library looks very unusual and recognizable: the building looks like a huge tilted drive, and it is surrounded on all sides by the pool. The architects of the project based the design on the concept of the sun, which personifies the rising of knowledge, and the god Ra, the ancient Egyptian patron of the sun.
Inside the institution looks no less impressive than the outside. Thanks to the sloping shape, the library sections rise in steps, one after another, as in lecture halls. The total of these levels in the building is 11. The total area of the library is huge - 70 thousand sq. M. The library fund is also impressive: it already has 8 million book volumes! In addition to reading, computer and conference rooms in Alexandrina there are many other interesting things: special reading rooms for people who are deprived of their sight, a children's and teenage library, a planetarium, art galleries and even a restoration laboratory.
It is noteworthy that graphic systems of writing 120 languages of the world are carved on the granite walls of Alexandrina.When riots broke out in Egypt in 2011, visitors and library staff lined up at the entrance to the building, creating a living chain to preserve this cultural heritage from the marauders.
Seattle Central Library
It is well deserved to be included in the most unusual libraries of the world and the main book Mecca of Seattle. During the design of this unusual library, architects-designers abandoned the standard floor-by-floor planning and built spacious, bright rooms divided into separate zones. The library looks futuristic thanks to the original exterior architecture, the key element of which is multi-level glass ledges, which are also the windows of the building. The building was built in the early 2000s, and still looks more interesting, stylish and modern than most of the new buildings.
Here the most advanced, intelligent and open to new knowledge and communication people gather. In addition to reading rooms and sections with bookshelves, there is a room with computer equipment and Internet access, where anyone can spend their free time.Also in the library building there is a bookstore where you can buy your favorite book for yourself or as a gift at affordable prices. The institution offers visitors to use the conference room for meetings, presentations and discussions, and readers with children can safely leave their children to play in the children's room under the supervision of experienced teachers.
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