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Campus Library Arenberg

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Rafael Moneo
location Leuven
function library
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In transforming the convent into a modern campus library, Moneo was limited on practically all sides by existing walls and buildings. Furthermore, Moneo operated extremely cautiously in order not to dominate the already humble remnants of the convent. Therefore his interventions hardly show from the outside. His interior is also quiet and sober; walls, ceilings and floors are smoothly covered with light materials in order to give room to the richer detailing of the existing convent spaces, especially its three remaining vaulted and glazed arcades that surround the central cloister court, and the enormous reading room. Ingenious details throughout provide modern comfort, such as the narrow voids along the edges of the big book storage floors and the skylights that provide subtle awareness of the outside climate in these low underground spaces. The new building celebrates the old identity of the convent as well as the new identity of the (very) modern library.

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Campus Library Arenberg
Willem de Croylaan 6
Project is public!
Opening hours Monday - Friday : 8.30AM - 10.00PM. Saturday: 9.00AM - 1.00PM. Check the website for exceptions:
How to get there? The library is located in the community of Heverlee, 5 kms outside the center of Leuven, on the campus Exact Sciences, right on the corner of the Celestijnenlaan and the W. de Croylaan.
Completion 10- 2002
Floor area/size 10616 m2
ArchitectRafael Moneo
restauration consultantArchitectenbureau André Impens
structural engineerTechnum
technical engineerTechnum
Client Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
Project ID 6137
Latitude/Longitude 50°51'36N 04°40'56E
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