yi architects: new stuttgart library
 
yi architects: new stuttgart library
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.

yi architects: new stuttgart library exterior view image courtesy yi architects

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’. 

yi architects: new stuttgart library grid-like facade image courtesy yi architects

yi architects: new stuttgart library promenade space image courtesy yi architects

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.

yi architects: new stuttgart library interior view of ‘heart’ image courtesy yi architects

yi architects: new stuttgart library funnel-shaped library image © vipgavin

yi architects: new stuttgart library images © vipgavin

yi architects: new stuttgart library sectional model image courtesy yi architects

yi architects: new stuttgart library site map image courtesy yi architects

yi architects: new stuttgart library floor plan / level 0 (1) ‘heart’ (2) entrance hall (3) offices (4) sorting area (5) entrance image courtesy yi architects

yi architects: new stuttgart library 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

yi architects: new stuttgart library section image courtesy yi architects

yi architects: new stuttgart library elevation image courtesy yi architects

  • A foil to Stirling’s art gallery?

    John Donnelly
  • looks like a prison

    wakawaka
  • I personally think the exterior has been designed in a way that echoes the organization of the library books inside. Although it is repetitive it has some nice symmetrical qualities and is in fact beautiful. Not the most colourful building but i’m sure the designers have their reasons.

    Jonny
  • reminds me of a mental institution..too much sterial white

    Ray
  • It’s a disgrace!!! I couldn’t read a [url=http://trauringkonfigurator.blogage.de]single[/url] line in that environment. absolutely horrible.

    Frank
  • Outside looks horrible……inside cool…:s

    Alex
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