yi architects: new stuttgart library
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nov 28, 2011
yi architects: new stuttgart library

‘new stuttgart library’ by yi architects in stuttgart, germany
image courtesy yi architects

korean-born germany-based architect eun young yi has completed the design of ‘new stuttgart library’,
a cubic facility conceived as a part of the master development plan for the european quarter in stuttgart,
germany. influenced by the structure and organization of the ancient pantheon, the design features
a linear-shaped ‘heart’ which serves as a central, multi-storey meeting space that draws in natural light
through the roof.

exterior view
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clear and geometric in volume, the library’s exterior is defined by a series of regular openings
that provide a grid-like effect to the elevations. an arrangement of 9 x 9 glass bricks held within
a concrete frame serves as an outer shell to a double facade which shelters a narrow promenade space
circumscribing the building. four entrances which correspond to the size and shape of the grid
provide access points on the ground floor and lead collectively to the circular entrance hall and ‘heart’. 

grid-like facade
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promenade space
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continuing on the language and motif of the facade, the ‘heart’ of the library features a series of
small interior windows that wrap around the four walls and ceiling of the multi-storey volume.
a central oculus located above a 1 m2 ground fountain illuminates the interior while providing a
visual focus point for the white space. located above the skylight is the library itself which takes on
a funnel-shaped form through five staggered levels. the gallery hall is connected through a series of
staircases that are arranged to promote a spiralling circulation around the books.

interior view of ‘heart’
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funnel-shaped library
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images © vipgavin

sectional model
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site map
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floor plan / level 0
(1) ‘heart’
(2) entrance hall
(3) offices
(4) sorting area
(5) entrance
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floor plan / level +8
(1) reading room
(2) media presentation
(3) workstations
(4) graphotek
(5) cafeteria
(6) offices
(7) sorting area

image courtesy yi architects

image courtesy yi architects

image courtesy yi architects

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