Found project: Bibliothèque Nationale de France

    Project : Bibliothèque Nationale de France

    Language variant : National Library of France

    Architect : Perrault, Dominique

    Completion: 1996

    Locality : Paris

    Country : France

    Building style : Modern architecture (not specified)

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    Description :

    The National Library of France traces its origin to the royal library founded at the Louvre by Charles V in 1368. It expanded under Louis XIV and opened to the public in 1692. The library collection includes for example two Gutenberg Bibles and a load of manuscripts written by the French authors like Victor Hugo and Marcel Proust. This new library building holds in its four towers a total of 12 million volumes. Some academicians and the media have criticized the new library as a “Disneyland of reading”. (April 11, 2011).

    Kaupunkikirjat – Pariisi, WSOY, 2004, pp. 217, 246.

    One Thousand Buildings of Paris, Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, 2003, p. 391.

    Ed. and transl. Katriina Puputti

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