Tatarstan National Library
Erick van Egeraat
Resembling an open book, the library's two main towers
give a face to the previously undefined space.
The Tatarstan National Library, situated on a hill adjacent to a large square, is not merely the home to Tatarstan's most comprehensive collection of books but, unlike traditional state libraries, the building stands out through its openness to the public.
Situated between the actual library and the city, the entrance
hall is a universe on its own, a place where the collective and
cultural qualities of downtown spaces are combined. The entrance
space can be gallery, living room, park, boulevard, meeting point,
education room or garden at the same time.
The atrium is also a metaphorical bridge between the outside and
the inside, the city and the library, the lively public domain and
the calm retreat of knowledge.
Behind the towers and the entrance hall, two rows of building volumes continue the slope of the landscape. In between the rows, a park-like path is slowly ascending on the roof of the building.
Besides offering all traditional facilities of a state library the building, with its flexible set-up, will provide a home for all modern ways of accessing information and working with knowledge.
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Last updated: December 19, 2013