Just the ticket: Stunning design for Warsaw tower scoops top award to find “library for tomorrow” was posted on THEfisrtNews website and highlights the winner of the Libgen international competition seeking to present “a new class of evolutionary libraries”.
“A Dutch-based architectural practice has thrust Mokotów into the spotlight after basing their winning entry to find a “library for tomorrow” in the southern Warsaw suburb.
Titled ‘The Book Tower’, the project was entered into Libgen, an international competition seeking to present “a new class of evolutionary libraries”.
Headquartered in Rotterdam, JOA (Just Open Architecture) was founded in 2014 by Canadian Jordan Yerbury and Chinese architect Kai Wang, and has since forged a name for their “rigorous experimentation” and “launching even the most abstract concepts into reality”.
Explaining why they chose Warsaw as the site of their project, the team behind The Book Tower justified their decision by crediting the Polish capital as being “a significant centre of research and development” as well as citing its high position in the QS Best Student Cities rankings and its impressive headcount of existing towers. Yet despite Warsaw having the European Union’s largest collection of skyscrapers, the architects noted that all of these lacked a specific cultural program.
To balance out this latter point, The Book Tower was their answer.
Measuring 13-storeys, and designed to look like a pile of books twisting upwards, the spectacular 21,000 square-metre glass structure would be intended to serve as more than just a mere library, but also as the city’s think tank and “a social platform for learning and development” …
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