Stuttgart City Library

Korean architect Eun Young Yi was declared the competition winner in 1999 for the new central library of the city of Stuttgart from 235 competition entries. The opening ceremony took place recently after three years under construction and a 80-million Euro budget.

The building is essentially a white cube with two underground floors and nine above. The main library floors circle an open-plan design, which are connected through open staircases, and the books are stored mainly in racks mounted to the walls.

I really like the striking first impression of the large white interior with the great luminosity and the range of colours from the many book covers in the racks.