Wednesday, September 15, 2010

OMA reveals their winning design for new library in Caen, France

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Eco Factor: New library utilizes sustainable design approach to ensure energy efficiency.

Adding another win to their long list of commissions obtained for spectacular public spaces this year, the renowned architectural firm OMA revealed their winning design for the Bibliothèque Multimédia à Vocation Régionale, a new library in Caen, France. The 12,000sqm building incorporates a sustainable design approach that responds to local climatic conditions to ensure energy efficiency.

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Apart from the energy efficient systems, the building also includes shallow floor plans that maximize available natural light. It opens opening up to a park, pedestrian pathway and waterfront plaza, creating a beautiful interaction with the surrounding. Large windows not only bring in ample of natural light, but also offer transparency and stunning views.

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Located at the tip of Caen’s peninsula, this incredible structure features four protruding wings that point towards four of the city’s landmarks - the abbeys Abbaye-aux-Dames in the north, Abbaye-aux-Hommes in the east, the central train station to the south and the site of proposed future developments in the west. The library consists of two intersecting reading rooms, which encourage maximum interface between various programmed disciplines. The Caen’s library is OMA’s first cultural building in France.

Via: Bustler
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