With today’s digital reading habits, it’d be easy to assume that libraries are on the verge of becoming redundant. But as a new wave of these buildings open around the world, the humble library is reinventing itself as an establishment for the modern age.
In Doha, the Qatar National Library was unveiled this month — a glitzy 42,000-square-meter space designed by Dutch architecture firm OMA, it’s a new landmark for the city.
In the Netherlands, meanwhile, a 19th century church, which has been painstakingly converted into a library, opened its doors this year.
Across the world in Tianjin, in northeastern China, the futuristic Tianjin Binhai Library was unveiled in late 2017. Its eye-shaped atrium was designed to be a “new urban living room.”