monumental staircase meanders within national library of france, captured by danica o. kus

monumental staircase meanders within national library of france, captured by danica o. kus

new staircase in THE national library of france, through Danica O. Kus’ lens

 

Danica O. Kus’ recently presented photo series highlights the new spiral staircase at the National Library of France, a creation of Atelier Bruno Gaudin Architects. This addition replaces the former ceremonial staircase, symbolizing the revival of the esteemed Richelieu Library. Inspired by the site’s geometry, the architects sought to rejuvenate the area, encountering challenges and objections along the way. However, their commitment to honoring the site’s heritage while adding modern elements led them to explore different design options. The result is a grand helical staircase featuring graceful curves and intricate design, warmly inviting visitors to embrace a seamless blend of tradition and modernity.

monumental staircase meanders within national library of france, captured by danica o. kus
all images by Danica O. Kus Photography

 

 

restoring heritage while enhancing connectivity 

 

The ambitious restoration of the Quadrilatère Richelieu, dating back to the 17th century, aimed to address structural issues, outdated systems, and inadequate facilities. As the home to the nation’s valuable treasures, the library required a comprehensive overhaul to tackle spatial challenges, preserve collections, ensure security, and modernize its infrastructure. Atelier Bruno Gaudin Architects conducted thorough historical and structural studies to reimagine and rejuvenate this institution. The introduction of the helical staircase reflects their dedication to preserving the library’s heritage while bringing in practicality and architectural finesse. Photographer Danica O. Kus, known for her detailed architectural captures, has documented this addition. Her photography style emphasizes precise details and the interplay of light and space, presenting the staircase in a clear and visually appealing manner. The staircase aligns with the broader architectural strategy to redefine spaces and improve connectivity within the library’s public areas.

monumental staircase meanders within national library of france, captured by danica o. kus
the grand staircase symbolizes the library’s renewal

monumental staircase meanders within national library of france, captured by danica o. kus

monumental staircase meanders within national library of france, captured by danica o. kus
sweeping curves and intricate detailing invite visitors to experience a harmonious blend of history and modernity

monumental staircase meanders within national library of france, captured by danica o. kus

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the staircase aligns with the broader architectural strategy to improve connectivity within the library’s public areas

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