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Saturday02 August 2014

Koolhaas wins competition to design Caen library

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Rem Koolhaas’s practice OMA has beaten five other shortlisted architects to win an international competition to design a new library in Caen, France.

The 12,000sq m Bibliotheque Multimedia a Vocation Regionale project will be the practice’s first cultural building in France.

The design features four protruding wings which point to four of Caen landmarks – the abbeys Abbaye-aux-Dames in the north and Abbaye-aux-Hommes in the east, the central train station to the south and the site of proposed future developments in the west. 

OMA’s project leader Clément Blanchet said: “Instead of having four distinct areas linked by bridges, space is structured along two intersecting axes, creating a space of confluence for both knowledge and people.”

Two dissecting reading rooms with full-height windows have been designed to encourage collaboration between the academic disciplines. The shape of the reading rooms has been used to form an outdoor space which opens up on to a park, walkway and plaza.

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  • First we had that cranked "yoke" with electic colours that hurt the eyes masquerading as a library.

    Now we have a building supposedly devoted to an internalised pursuit such as ssimilation of information by multimedia with glare -prone double height view windows.

    The logic that OMA brings to its designs escapes me, and I may be under-educated or simply clueless, but for me it seems that the King wears no clothes.

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