Stuttgart library – cube of wisdom

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During my last visit to Stuttgart (Southern Germany), I had the chance to visit the new library Stadtbibliothek am Mailänder Platz. Korean architect Eun Young Yi creates a (almost perfect) cube in glass and concrete. Being a fan of geometric designs and structured buildings, I immediately fell in love with its simple yet sophisticated appearance. Each of the four façades had an inscription of the word “library” in the left upper corner.

 

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English inscription “library” facing the west, the other three fronts show the same word in Arabic, German and Korean

Upon entering the library, a smaller cubis structure can be seen inside the outer walls. Tiny windows connect the corridors with this hall.

 

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The library itself is located around and above the inner cube. The funnel-like room ends with a large glass ceiling which lets the room bath in natural light. Different floors are connected with large white staircases. There were a few other people who came just to take pictures, but also lots of people reading a book on one of the seafoam-green couches or even taking a nap. Using white as a main color captures the light perfectly and creates a calm, soothing atmosphere (and also, I love non-colors). The book collection seemed to be great too, judging from the few collections I’ve seen there.

 

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