Striking Berlin Library Boasts Expansive White Interior


Located at the Freie Universitat in Berlin, Philologische Bibliothek is an expansive library designed by architect Norman Foster. While its size and collection seems to be straight out of a bibliophile's dream, it's the visually striking interior design of the architecture that immediately captivates the senses. The eye-catching interior displays a bright wash of white throughout the space, further adorned with a spectacular burst of lines, leading the eyes in all directions.

It has long been thought that lofty ceilings promote lofty thoughts; or rather, the more space you have, the more space you can fill with creativity and intelligence. It only makes sense, then, that a library should have, not only high ceilings, but a beautiful one as well. The elliptical-shaped building is exaggerated by a ceiling made of a grid of steel and transparent panels. This design allows for varying amounts of natural light to bathe the stark white space. With a ribbon-like flow, patrons are enveloped in various levels of books and seating–truly a vision to behold.







Photo credit: Felix Loechner
Foster and Partner's website
via [designboom]

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