Rotterdam’s Stepped Central Library Sprouts a Green Roof and a Beehive!

by , 01/07/13

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The library’s stairs and elevators are located at the core of the building. These conduits take people throughout the library’s six floors, which hold approximately 250,000 books! Sun doesn’t reach the central spaces, so big pendant lamps were installed that match the building’s grand scale. A cool ceiling with light reflecting mirrors decorates one corner of a room, adding a modern touch to the interiors.

The library’s furniture was designed by Dutch Studio Makkink & Bey, and it plays an important role in defining shared and isolated spaces. Other furnishings create perfect semi-private spaces for co-working or studying in small groups. Rotterdam’s Central Library is a modern and open cultural space for learning that welcomes a whopping 3.4 million visitors each year.

+ Rotterdam Central Library

Photos © Ana Lisa Alperovich for Inhabitat

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