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Stuttgart City Library / Yi Architects

  • 01:00 - 23 December, 2011
Stuttgart City Library / Yi Architects
Stuttgart City Library / Yi Architects, © Stefan Müller
© Stefan Müller

© Stefan Müller © Stefan Müller © Stefan Müller © Stefan Müller +11

From the architect. The opening ceremony for the new Stuttgart City Library by Yi Architects was on October 21, 2011.  After winning a competition for the project in 1999, the new library for Stuttgart in southern Germany has finally been unveiled.  Yi Architects have shared with us the drawings and images of the project.  Follow us after the break.

© Stefan Müller
© Stefan Müller

The site for the Stuttgart City Library was chosen in Mailänder Platz, an area that is perceived to be a future city centre growing out of the location of the library. With this in mind, the architects chose to physically express the importance of this cultural centre by giving the building a grand physical presence. The building takes the form of cube with an edge length of 45 meters.

© Stefan Müller
© Stefan Müller

It is constructed out of pale grey fair-faced concrete that visually frames an array of 9 x 9 frosted glass bricks. The shell is designed as a double façade that includes the glass brick level and an inner mullion/transom façade as the thermal building shell.

© Stefan Müller
© Stefan Müller

The form and symmetry of entrance of the building was inspired by the “Cenotaph for Newton” by Étienne Boullée, but the heart and core of the library follows the design of the ancient pantheon. Protected by a secondary façade, the cube-shaped room is situated in the middle of the building and is illuminated by a central roof light. In the center is a 1 m² fountain that ties the space as a meditative area.

plan
plan

The gallery hall is a five-story space, square-shaped and surrounded by a shell of books. The interior circulation is arranged in a spiral among the reading gallery areas, designed to be flowing promenades flooded with light from the glass roof. The forum, a third central room, is located below the heart. This is an event room which is in proximity to the light-railway line that crosses the first and second basement floors.

model 01
model 01
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36 Comments

BG · September 02, 2016

cool section, weird building

Herr Tee · March 24, 2013

DOn´t like it!
Seems much to sterile for a library (where I want to, besides study, want to relax).

internautas · December 31, 2012

Extremely conservative building. All the ideology is abviously agains liberal society and free thinking - just cotrary to what contemporary architecture should be...

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ilaria defilippo · January 09, 2012

The beautiful new #library of #Stuttgart by Yi Architects • http://t.co/76lxsmg4 #architecture

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pimpyboy · December 27, 2011

Both SANNA and this building bear profound meaning. But SANNA is beautiful, this building is ugly. This building looks very ugly. And all the white and white gets beige before 2030. Library is monumentalism, not a pavillion.

Roberto Castillo · December 27, 2011

No sé si podría leer ahí, pero está cool > Stuttgart city library http://t.co/7G1sqBE0

Sandro Malfitano · December 27, 2011

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Windsandale · December 26, 2011

I don't like it at all, although it looks impressive because of the symmetry and the huge space,its a technical, dead and inhuman space for me and i don't want to imagine how it will look in 20 years...
By the way - who need library anymore - build a school instead!!

martin hojny · December 25, 2011

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Tosh · December 25, 2011

Well done! Looks quite amazing.

Richard Anderson · December 25, 2011

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Michael Lee Rawlings · December 25, 2011

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Lilian de Oliveira · December 24, 2011

Biblioteca maravilhosa: http://t.co/sqU4QDDi

Lilian de Oliveira · December 24, 2011

Quero uma dessas dentro de casa.. q linda! http://t.co/sqU4QDDi

still GU · December 24, 2011

I like the inner space !!!!!!!!

It's good place which for thinking,or maybe take a small walk!!

Ren Ruttik · December 24, 2011

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Gisela Schmoll · December 24, 2011

Wish they had posted more interior shots, it looks amazing. How they every managed to convince the city to create a building with so much "wasted" space is also an incredible feat!

godryk · December 24, 2011

The inner space is amazing. Indeed, it has that sacred quality that a library should possess.

BTW, gotta love the sectioned model with the sectioned stairs.

Robledo · December 24, 2011

The section looks like michael graves's Portland Building.

dr · December 24, 2011

strange, interesting...

alex · December 23, 2011

I'm not sure about the exterior but that gallery hall is amazing! Introverted architecture, interesting.

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