The library is comprised of three juxtaposing volumes intersected by a series of voids, which allow for abundant daylight to pour into the building, as well as creating a series of transparencies between the two connected terrains — the park and the sporting grounds. The three separate volumes harbour respectively the entry hall, the reading rooms and internal spaces. "The shape is an expression of our perception of the program and our response to the requirements of a low energy building," state architects Marie-Hélène Badia and Didier Berger, "fully acknowledging lighting and thermal comfort as well as highlighting the site's contrasts."
The indoor layout of the library was designed to be as clear as possible: the entry hall is located at an intermediate level, with a monumental staircase leading to two large reading rooms. The architects sought to endow the reception area with a convivial atmosphere. The different ceiling heights allow visitors to access simultaneous views of different floor levels, making apparent the flexible organisation of the library.
Location: Versailles, France
Architects: Badia-Berger Architectes
Program: university library