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The Cool Hunter - The New Stuttgart City Library - Germany

The Cool Hunter The New Stuttgart City Library Germany

The Cool Hunter The New Stuttgart City Library Germany

Korean architect Eun Young Yi’s proposal was selected in 1999 from 235 competition entries as the plan for the new central library of the City of Stuttgart.


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As a cool nod to the fact that the building is a storehouse of words, the word “library” is installed in four languages on the outside walls. On the North wall in German (the local language), West in English (lingua franca), South in Arabic (the language of ancient knowledge and of Stuttgart’s sister city, Cairo) and East in Korean (Yi’s native language).

I didn't realize Stuttgart was so big that it needed a special library.

Jeez, it's M.C. Escher realized.

Yes it is:

The 9 story, 11,500 square meter facility was designed by Korean Eun Young Yi and opened in October 2011. It is the home of over 500,000 volumes and employs 150. Although the cube-like structure may evoke comparisons to MC Escher or the futuristic visions of Fritz Lang’s Metropolis, library director Ingrid Bussman desires it to be “a deeply democratic place which facilitates personal, professional and social orientation and contributes to participation in social development” At the center of the building’s grid-like structure is a 3,000 cubic meter empty space designed to be the ‘heart’ of the building, which emits a sense of calm amongst all of the high technological hustle that libraries have become. Even though city residents do need to pay an annual fee of about $30 to get a library card, the library has 60 research station computers and over 100 laptops which patrons may borrow for use, making the fee well worth it.  Although it may not be as bold a look into the future as the Belarus National Library, it looks like libraries will continue to be at the forefront of modern design.

“If the library is a model of the universe, we should attempt to transform it into a universe that is appropriate for human beings. In other words, into a pleasurable library that people enjoy visiting.”  – Umberto Eco

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