Work starts on OMA’s library in France

The OMA-designed public library, Biblioteque Multimedia a Vocation Regionale, in Caein, northern France has already broken ground, with plans to form the shape of an X.

Set for completion by 2016, the library is planned to house 150,000 books, with each of the four arms of the building to be dedicated to different subjects including arts, science and technology, humanities and literature.

“The library is a symbol of the lateral thinking of the twenty-first century,” said Clement Blanchet, associate in charge, OMA. “Its form is based on an almost primitive action: two lines crossing, generating centrality which groups four polarities.”


Taking up to 13,000m2 in size, the library will feature a ground floor lobby aimed to serve as a public plaza, connecting the city’s waterfront and park.

The library will link four landmarks in the city: l’Abbaye aux Hommes, l’Abbaye aux Dames, the train station and a new urban development.

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