OFFICIAL OPENING OF THE NEW CAEN LIBRARY13-01-2017
The new Bibliothèque Alexis de Tocqueville officially opened its doors on January 13 2017. The 12.500m2 multimedia library, designed by OMA in collaboration with Barcode Architects, is part of an ambitious new cultural district being developed along the Bassin St. Pierre in the heart of the Normandy city. The building design is characterized by its specific cross-shaped volume and by its column-free panoramic reading room. As the digital revolution re-shapes the library typology, the Bibliothèque Alexis de Tocqueville’s vast public interior responds by transforming the traditionally introverted reading place into an open public forum for knowledge exchange.