Top 10 Libraries

You thought the New York Public Library was cool? Well, North Carolina State University has just opened its James B. Hunt Jr. Library, which is not only pretty snazzy but also—wait for it—powered by robots. But this book-room-of-the-future, designed by Snøhetta, isn’t the only far-out library we’ve seen recently. From mobile centers of learning to ultra-sleek glass pyramids to even a pastel-colored Easter egg (pictured above, by Foster + Partners), here are 10 utterly modern libraries that will blow your mind.


Stuttgart City Library
Stuttgart, Germany
Designed by Yi Architects
Photo via TheCoolist


Seattle Central Library
Seattle, Washington
Designed by Rem Koolhaas
Photo via Arup

Photo via Wikipedia


National Library of China
Beijing, China
Designed by KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten


Biblioteca Vasconcelos
Mexico City, Mexico
Designed by Alberto Kalach


The Black Diamond
Copenhagen, Denmark
Designed by Schmidt, Hammer, Lassen
Photo via Arch Daily

Photo via E-Architect


Philological Library at Free University, Berlin
Berlin, Germany
Designed by Norman Foster
Photo via Inhabitat

Photo via Rarelyknown


Library Technical University Delft
Delft, Netherlands
Designed by Mecanoo Architecten
Photo via Green Roofs


A47 Mobile Library
Designed by Productora
Mexico City, Mexico


Scholar’s Library
Olivebridge, New York
Designed by Peter Gluck and Partners


Book Mountain and Library Quarter
Spijkenisse, Netherlands
Designed by MVRDV

BONUS PROJECT: Disco Library!

National Library of Belarus
Minsk, Republic of Belarus
Designed by Mihail Vinogradov, Viktor Kramarenk
Photo via Gromadskaya.blogspot

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