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Bibliothèque Multimédia à Vocation Régionale by OMA (NL)

Posted by Walter Phillips on 09.07.2013 - Tagged as:

Bibliothèque Multimédia à Vocation Régionale by OMA

Axonometry, Bibliothèque Multimédia à Vocation Régionale by OMA

Construction has begun on the X-shaped, OMA-designed, Bibliothèque Multimédia à Vocation Régionale (BMVR), a four-story, 13,000 square meter public library in the city of Caen, France.

 

 

Axonometry, Bibliothèque Multimédia à Vocation Régionale by OMA

Axonometry, Bibliothèque Multimédia à Vocation Régionale by OMA

“The building’s X-shaped layout – arts to the northeast, and science and technology to the northwest, humanities to the southeast, literature to the southwest – helps users to navigate the library’s 150,000 volumes.” says OMA. “The ground floor lobby acts as a public plaza, visually and physically connecting the waterfront with the park. The first floor houses a fully transparent reading room with unobstructed views to the water and the city.”

 

Science and Technology wing, Bibliothèque Multimédia à Vocation Régionale by OMA

Science and Technology wing, Bibliothèque Multimédia à Vocation Régionale by OMA

The building site for the library is opposite the future Tribunal de Grande Instance, and is in the middle of a new urban masterplan zone which was created to revitalize the old industrial port area. “The BMVR links four main landmarks of the city of Caen – l’Abbaye aux Hommes, l’Abbaye aux Dames, the train station and a new urban development – and itself forms a bridge between the city’s past and its future.”

 

Bibliothèque Multimédia à Vocation Régionale by OMA

Bibliothèque Multimédia à Vocation Régionale by OMA

According to Clement Blanchet, OMA associate-in-charge, “This library is a symbol of the lateral thinking of the 21st century. Its form is based on an almost primitive action: two lines crossing, generating a centrality which groups four polarities. It is an agora of ideas, a place that might reinforce the role of books in an increasingly digitized world.”

 

Model, Bibliothèque Multimédia à Vocation Régionale by OMA

Model, Bibliothèque Multimédia à Vocation Régionale by OMA

Completion is scheduled for early 2016.

 

to the OMA website

 

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