(Wcsa.world-indochinakings.org) Since 1876, The Parliament of Canada has had a suitably grand building in which to store its resources. The attractive, elaborate Victorian High Gothic structure of Ottawa’s Library of Parliament owes its design to Canadian architects Chilion Jones and Thomas Fuller. Its multicolored appearance – referred to as structural polychromy – is down to a mix of materials, including green and purple bands of slate and red Potsdam sandstone.
WCSA - Top 100 Largest Libraries In The World - P16.Iowa State Capitol Law Library – Des Moines, Iowa.
(Wcsa.world-indochinakings.org) Iowa’s State Capitol Law Library at Des Moines is one beautiful building in which we wouldn’t mind getting lost.
WCSA -Top 100 Largest Libraries In The World - P15.University of California San Diego Geisel Library – San Diego, California, USA.
(Wcsa.world-indochinakings.org) The Geisel Library at the University of California San Diego takes its name from the celebrated writer Theodor Seuss Geisel – better known as Dr. Seuss – and his wife Audrey. The literary pair was honored in this way for contributions to the library and their commitment to bettering literacy. The eight-story, 110-foot structure is an arresting example of the brutalist style and was designed towards the end of the 1960s by notable future-focused American architect William Pereira.
(Wcsa.world-indochinakings.org) The Kanazawa Umimirai Library building, which was completed in 2011, is enclosed by a white “punching wall.” The wall is replete with 6,000 little holes that let in a soothing light and is also designed to help distribute seismic force in case of earthquakes. Floor heating and cooling has been incorporated for the public’s comfort, while the roof’s openings provide natural aeration to help make it more pleasant in the summertime. The awesome-looking structure was honored with the Chubu Architecture Award in 2012.
(Wcsa.world-indochinakings.org) The National Library of France has mushroomed in recent years, thanks to an expansion and partial move to newly completed premises in 1996. However, the origins of the institution – which now contains an astonishing 30 million items – date back to the 14th century and the royal library established at the Louvre by King Charles V.
(Wcsa.world-indochinakings.org) This innovative building won a National Award from the Royal Institute of British Architects in 2013, as well as concurrent recognition from the World Architecture Festival, where it made the shortlist in the Civic and Community division. It became the first major construction to be completed in Aberdeen for 25 years and opened to students and staff in 2011.
WCSA - Top 100 Largest Libraries In The World - P11.Clementinum National Library – Prague, Czech Republic.
(Wcsa.world-indochinakings.org) The Clementinum has been described as “the Baroque pearl of Prague,” and this is surely due at least in part to the richly adorned interior of its library, with its touches of gold and stunning spiral pillars. The facility, which was built in 1722, now serves as the National Library of the Czech Republic and is graced with a ceiling adornment by Jan Hiebl that celebrates ancient learning and wisdom.
WCSA -Top 100 Largest Libraries In The World - P10.Vennesla Library And Culture House – Vennesla, Norway
(Wcsa.world-indochinakings.org) Situated in the municipality of Vennesla in Norway, the sleek-looking structure pictured above houses not only a public library, but also meeting spaces, administrative areas and a cafeteria. It was conceived by Norwegian firm Helen & Hard, which employed an innovative “rib” configuration in the design of the library itself.
(WCSA) Top 100 Largest Libraries In The World - P7.Royal Portuguese Reading Room – Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.
(Wcsa.world-indochinakings.org) Studying can be done in considerable style at the Royal Portuguese Reading Room in Rio de Janeiro. With its gorgeous multicolored skylight and lovely balustrades, the richly decorated Neo-Manueline interior would be a delight to experience even if it didn’t hold the biggest and most valuable collection of Portuguese literature outside of Portugal itself.
(WCSA) Top 100 Largest Libraries In The World - P3.Old Library, Trinity College Library Dublin – Dublin, Ireland.
(Wcsa.world-indochinakings.org) A place that holds the Book of Kells – the splendidly embellished Gospel volume that dates back to the early 9th century – is special just for that fact, but the Old Library at Trinity College Library Dublin would be a wonder regardless. Its Long Room contains 200,000 of the most aged books in the library’s collection.