Photos Of Europe's Finest Libraries By Thibaud Poirier

Photos Of Europe's Finest Libraries By Thibaud Poirier

“Reading is solitude,” Italo Calvino once said, embodying the inspiration behind this series. These temples of cultural worship gather communities, and yet the literary experience, and therefore the experience of a library, remains solitary. It is with an eye towards this improbable bled of public space and private experience that Thibaud Poirier displays some of the finest libraries, both classical and modern, across Europe. Poirier’s perspective pays homage to the personal touches and interpretations of literature that these architects brought to each library. Like fingerprints, each architect crafted his vision for a new space for this sacred self-exploration. These seemingly minute details are everywhere, from the balance of natural and artificial light to optimise reading yet preserve ancient texts to the selective use of studying tables to either foster community or encourage lonely reflection. The selection of these libraries that span space, time, style and cultures were carefully selected for each one’s unique ambiance and architectural contribution. This is reflected in Poirier’s tasteful use of symmetry to highlight classical values of beauty, and the strong visual interpretation of the solitude that one feels when immersed in reading.

 

Biblioteca Casanatense, Rome, 1701

Biblioteca Casanatense, Rome, 1701

 

Biblioteca Joanina, Coimbra, 1728

Biblioteca Joanina, Coimbra, 1728

 

Palàcio Nacional de Mafra, Mafra, 1755

Palàcio Nacional de Mafra, Mafra, 1755

 

Trinity College Library, Dublin, 1732

Trinity College Library, Dublin, 1732

 

Bibliothèque Sainte-Geneviève, Paris, 1850

Bibliothèque Sainte-Geneviève, Paris, 1850

 

Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Salle Labrouste, Paris, 1868

Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Salle Labrouste, Paris, 1868

 

Bibliothèque de l’Hotel de Ville de Paris, Paris, 1890

Bibliothèque de l'Hotel de Ville de Paris, Paris, 1890

 

Bibliothèque de la Sorbonne, Salle Jacqueline de Romilly, Paris, 1897

Bibliothèque de la Sorbonne, Salle Jacqueline de Romilly, Paris, 1897

 

El Ateneo, Buenos Aires, 1919

El Ateneo, Buenos Aires, 1919

 

Grimm Zentrum Library, Berlin, 2009

Grimm Zentrum Library, Berlin, 2009

 

Stadtbibliothek, Stuttgart, 2011

Stadtbibliothek, Stuttgart, 2011

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