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City Library Münster

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BOLLES+WILSON
 
location Münster
function library
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City Library Münster was Bolles + Wilson's first major public commission. The complexities of the overall building form are derived from the internal organisation and from a careful re-constitution of the fragmented context. A new pedestrian street on the axis of the nearby Lamberti Church divides the not inconsiderable mass of the library. This fissure in the volume is closed with folded screens (copper outside, acoustically absorbing perforated wood panels within). A transparent entrance zone (café, newspaper salon) leads via an information supermarket to the main information desk on the connecting bridge. This is turn is adjacent to book stacks in the ship-like outer volume. The atmosphere is quiet, studious. Books line the outer curved wall, a dramatic stair leads down through a 22m void to the basement media library, which in turn connects to the courtyard facing the children's library and back up to the entrance zone (text from architect's website).

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www.bolles-wilson.de/sbm
Münster, Germany 19-Sep-11
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City Library Münster
Address
Alter Steinweg 11
Germany
http://www.muenster.de/stadt/buecherei/index.
html
Project is public!
Opening hours Monday - Friday: 10.00 - 19.00 / Saturday: 10.00 - 15.00.
Completion 1993
Floor area/size 9750 m2
ArchitectBOLLES+WILSON
Client Münster City Council
 
Project ID 4089
Latitude/Longitude 51°57'46N 07°37'51E
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