15 Of The Most Stunning And Beautiful Libraries Around The World
When we think of beautiful structures we think of palaces, forts, gardens, etc. There is one place we never think of when we think of beautiful places and that is a library. Now, this is not to say that libraries are not beautiful. They are just simple and peaceful.
They were designed to be places people could sit and read in peace and quiet so no one ever thinks of them as beautiful places but there are some libraries in the world that are just majestic. Today, we’ll be taking a look at 15 incredibly beautiful libraries from around the world.
1George Peabody Library
Located in Baltimore, Maryland, this American landmark was designed by Edmund George Lind. It opened to the public in 1878. Since then it has been known as the “Cathedral of Books”. Today, this sprawling library is part of the Johns Hopkins University’s library network. The place is known doe the tall balconies and the skylight.
2State Law Library
Located in Des Moines, Iowa, this library has a unique appearance. It is located in the State Capitol Building and houses over 105,000 books dealing with federal laws and legislations. The library is styled like a Victorian hall and is accentuated by spiral staircases and laced balconies. It is considered as one of the most beautiful libraries in the US.
This may look like an ancient temple but this is the Central Library in Mexico City, Mexico. It is located in the grounds of the Ciudad Universitaria Campus of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). He unique exterior is due to the murals painted by artist Juan O’Gorman. This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site as of 2007, along with the rest of the university campus.
4Seattle Central Library
This cool futuristic building is actually just a library. It was created by Rem Koolhaas and Joshua Prince-Ramus. The library is 11 stories tall and is one of the structures included in the list of America’s 150 favorite structures list by the American Institute of Architects. This building is a matter of pride for the city of Seattle.
5Public Library Stuttgart
This is one of the coolest buildings you will ever step into. Located in Stuttgart, Germany, the library was designed by Korean architect Eun Young Yi. The library opened in 2011 and just two years later was named the National Library of the Year and we can see why. The sleek white appearance highlights the books and it looks heavenly.