Harris + Kurrle Architekten bda : City Library Rottenburg

In the medieval town of Rottenburg (Germany), a strange monolith with geometric openings rises above the cobblestones: the new five-level municipal library, designed by Harris + Kurrle Architekten bda. A new place of culture and sharing that fits brilliantly into the vernacular architecture of the fortified city.

Halfway between the Episcopal Palace and the city center of Rottenburg, 2 038 is a square-shaped, lean-to-the-skyline structure with local stone buildings, including the roof. two sides. Its sober facades are simply adorned with large rectangular windows of various sizes not aligned.

If the ground floor is intended to receive reception and reception areas for readers - check-in counter, information point, café, terrace and amenities - the four upper levels are dedicated to literature only. The white walls are almost exclusively covered with shelves, sometimes interrupted by openings whose edges can serve as seating for users. In addition, these windows largely bathe reading rooms of natural light, creating a pleasant environment where to browse the books. A concept of comfort that is also found in the choice of voluptuous furniture in which readers can spend hours devouring the pages of hundreds of volumes offered by the library.

A simple realization that makes this cultural space a place of meeting and conviviality.

To learn more, visit the site of Harris + Kurrle Architekten bda

Photos: Roland Halbe

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