Médiathèque d’Anzin by Dominique Coulon
& Associés

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Mediatheque d’Anzin by Dominique Coulon and Associes

This multimedia library in Anzin, France, by Strasbourg architects Dominique Coulon & Associés is wrapped in overlapping slices of concrete.

Mediatheque d’Anzin by Dominique Coulon and Associes

Reading rooms at the Médiathèque d'Anzin are revealed to the town outside through exposed areas of glazing, while the triangular geometry continues inside.

Mediatheque d’Anzin by Dominique Coulon and Associes

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Mediatheque d’Anzin by Dominique Coulon and Associes

Here's a little text from the architects:


The building reveals its preciousness at first sight.

Mediatheque d’Anzin by Dominique Coulon and Associes

Its pure, sophisticated geometry situates it as a public building.

Mediatheque d’Anzin by Dominique Coulon and Associes

The deliberate areas of transparency reveal its content.

Mediatheque d’Anzin by Dominique Coulon and Associes

The reading rooms present the building to the town in the manner of an invitation.

Mediatheque d’Anzin by Dominique Coulon and Associes

The multimedia library is covered with large white veils that reflect the light.

Mediatheque d’Anzin by Dominique Coulon and Associes

The building asserts it lightness, like an origami.

Mediatheque d’Anzin by Dominique Coulon and Associes

The successive folds and flaps repeat this image.

Mediatheque d’Anzin by Dominique Coulon and Associes

It is white, almost immaterial, like the mere projection of a concept, yet it is brimming with the life that constitutes it beyond its physical limits.

Mediatheque d’Anzin by Dominique Coulon and Associes

On the inside, there is abundant, uniform light.

Mediatheque d’Anzin by Dominique Coulon and Associes

The space is open and fluid, offering optimal flexibility.

Mediatheque d’Anzin by Dominique Coulon and Associes

The lighting effect produced by the tall gaps that appear to float in space is truly beautiful.

Mediatheque d’Anzin by Dominique Coulon and Associes

The volumes are independent and geometrically free, giving the whole a wonderfully poetic feel.

Mediatheque d’Anzin by Dominique Coulon and Associes

Mediatheque d’Anzin by Dominique Coulon and Associes

Mediatheque d’Anzin by Dominique Coulon and Associes

Mediatheque d’Anzin by Dominique Coulon and Associes

Mediatheque d’Anzin by Dominique Coulon and Associes

Mediatheque d’Anzin by Dominique Coulon and Associes

Mediatheque d’Anzin by Dominique Coulon and Associes

Mediatheque d’Anzin by Dominique Coulon and Associes

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Mediatheque d’Anzin by Dominique Coulon and Associes

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See also:

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Library in Münster
by Zauberscho[e]n
Library for Birmingham
by Mecanoo
Library in Colombia by
Javeriana University students
  • http://individual.cl/ æon

    It has confusing lines. Very fun.

  • EHAB

    The interior is way better than the exterior.

  • rommy reyes

    Finally, a design that totally exemplifies a sophisticated geometric composition.
    I lke the utmost effort by the architects to achieve a well-conceived, well-defined
    layout through proper play of lines and angles that exude a very absorbing visual
    harmony. To the architects…..Bravo!!!

  • steef

    Absorbing visual harmony?

    Some contradicting ceiling lines and arbitrarily placed interior furnishing boxes constitute an absorbing visual harmony?

    I. Think. Not.

  • http://hisius.wordpress.com/ hisius

    Nice geometrical object with nice outside materials (what about the environnement ?).
    But ceilings are very present and angular.

    We would like to have access to the internal terraces.

  • http://www.saimanmiah.com Saiman

    Very clean lines, I am unsure about the interrupted ceilings within the building.

    Very nice lines, and CG model.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001857394783 Thomas Washington

    The use of natural light is a great way of addressing some issues of sustainability

  • bnmm

    just like libeskind

  • Nickthegreek

    This is just a built render. Why does EVERYTHING have to be flat and white?

  • http://Www.jeffryburchard.com Jeffry Burchard

    To nickthegeek… Why shouldn't everything be flat and white? To hmmm… This is really nothing like libeskind and even if it was please descirbe the universally aceppteable truth as to why that would be a problem. To Thomas Washington… I think it's okay that this building actually does not have anything explicitly to do with sustainability.

    This project is an incredibly sophisticated attempt to disguise the paradox of it's exterior and interior. Without the roof plan it is only through great turmoil that we are able to begin to imagine how an exterior that is presented as awkwardly "almost symmetrical can result in such idiosyncratic interior moments. Without the knowledge" of the roof plan the interiors almost seem decorated rather than consequential of any overall formal logic. That this congruity is not readily known is not at all a detriment to the project but rather the source of its richness… That just at the moment of slight discontent the project not only sustains interest but heightens it's own affects.