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Fougères Biblioteque / Tétrarc Architects

  • 01:00 - 11 February, 2010
Fougères Biblioteque / Tétrarc Architects
Fougères Biblioteque / Tétrarc Architects, © Stéphane Chalmeau
© Stéphane Chalmeau

© Stéphane Chalmeau © Stéphane Chalmeau © Stéphane Chalmeau © Stéphane Chalmeau +26

From the architect. Stéphane Chalmeau shared with us his photos on a new library by French firm Tétrarc Architects .

The Fougères Biblioteque follows the contemporary approach to libraries as meeting spaces, rather than just book storage. Due to the public function of the building,it expresses itself to the city trough the facade details seen on the above photo.

The program is distributed in two levels. The building is seen as a compact mass, with excavations to bring light and green into the building, as you can see on the complete photoset below:

Cite: "Fougères Biblioteque / Tétrarc Architects" 11 Feb 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed . <>
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iainp@[3RRR] · September 16, 2011

Fougères Biblioteque / Tétrarc Architects | ArchDaily via @archdaily. Love the solar shading!

Danny · February 11, 2011

the build is amazing, but does anyone know whether the lettered trellises are actual texts or are they just a random arrangement of letters?

Danny · February 11, 2011

this build is amazing, does anyone know if the lettered trellises actualy read as part of texts or are they just a random arrangement of letters?

ninop · November 13, 2010

donde puedo encontrar la planiemteria de este proyecto..

gracias :P

Miesgunnaroeyourboat · April 16, 2010

I love this building. REALLY awesome

zitoon · February 17, 2010

The french chic !

tasnim · February 15, 2010

These alphabet concept remind me " Vila de Gràcia Library" entrance by "josep llinas"!

llp_lc · February 14, 2010

there are thonsands of building like this around the world.....may be this is more boring than others

Albanksy · February 13, 2010

That's really a beautiful project. Tetrarc Architects also do love colours. They have other very beautiful projects near and in Nantes (France). You can see the last project 'Many' on their website... and in the reality, it's greater than in photograph.

Borhaven · February 12, 2010

This a beautiful no nonsense project. Can we please have some plans and sections?

Ma?gorzata · February 12, 2010

This coloureful room is lovely.Grats!

Lucas · February 12, 2010

I realy do think it would be much better if the words outside in elevation were smaller. We can see in the last pic the relation between the size of the words and the human scale is not thaaat much. Imagine the words writting something in the tables....

Alphagetti · February 12, 2010 07:12 PM

I'd imagine that a) Detail fine enough for shadow words would be lost and b) Too many shadows would be very distracting

yeah · February 12, 2010 01:45 PM

Oh, come on, you see a complex building like this where there were thousands design decisions made and your only comment is to change one details' scale because you feel like it? That's truly unfair and ignorant.

On the other hand - the photos are beautiful, but where are the plans and sections?

WSBY · February 12, 2010

very inteligent and pure, neutral architecture! very nice and awesome :) good work I like it

Kolohe · February 12, 2010

simple and clean.

chas · February 12, 2010

I really love this.
the "letter screen" is amazing. i absolutely love the light play that it creates. the reading sculpture is amazing. I wanna build one of those in my living room.

not really a fan of the exterior. really really needs landscaping. it appears that the only tree in the project is that one poor lonely tree in the middle of the courtyard.

great project

Mario · February 19, 2010 07:40 AM


You said it all. I have to agree, the lack of "biology" outside is a bit frightening. I wonder if that was intentional. But the building itself is fair game for kudos and high recognition.

richie · February 12, 2010

very nice, i really like the "alphabet soup" facade, extraordinary!!!!
i was thinking that the crisis hit architecture real bad, but this work make me think better.Buildings are touchable representations of what's going on.

brent · February 11, 2010

I think this should be on the list for building of the year. love the proportions and scale of the facades, and the way the faces play with the solid/open. And the screened element brings an act of playfulness to the inside and out.

David Basulto · February 12, 2010 03:58 AM


It will be included for nomination on the 2010 awards.


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