World's Most Beautiful Libraries
For those who say a picture is worth 1,000 words...
The picture above is not only worth 1,000 words, but it also houses plenty of books with over 1,000 words. Libraries are a beautiful and sacred institution for what they stand for alone. However, there are some libraries out there that show their physical appeal on top of their infinite resources of knowledge.
While some libraries aesthetically are bland and boring, there are 50 libraries around the world who have taken it upon themselves to fight these stereotypes. Let's look at a few of them below:
UNAM CENTRAL LIBRARY – MEXICO CITY, MEXICO
Located in the heart of the Ciudad University in Mexico City, this library holds over 400,000 books. It is best known for its external murals covering the outside of the library, crafted by Mexican painter Juan O'Gorman, his masterpiece covers the ten story piece illustrating the history of the country.
BRANDENBURG UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY LIBRARY – COTTBUS, GERMANY
The outside of this library is covered in myriad lettering through the use of various alphabetical letters. The library was completed in 2004 and is home to seven stories worth of books, storage facilities, and shelving.
KANAZAWA UMIMIRAI LIBRARY – KANAZAWA, JAPAN
The open feel of this library is meant to bring the outside, indoors. The building is completed with 6,000 holes that allow natural light to come in and entrance the patrons. Practically speaking, the library is built to withstand hurricanes, as well as having advanced heating and cooling systems.
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA SAN DIEGO GEISEL LIBRARY – SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA, USA
This library at UC San Diego takes its name from Dr. Suess, due to him and his wife's contributions to their library and nation wide literacy. The library boasts its 1960's brutalist style as one of the nation's most unique libraries, unrivaled by most libraries out there.
EDITH COWAN UNIVERSITY LIBRARY AND RESOURCES BUILDING – JOONDALUP, AUSTRALIA
Western Australia's Edith Cowan University is the home to the Library and Resources Building, intending for the building to be a home away from home. There are various lounges to attract to different learning styles, therefore appealing to the mass amount of students.
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