- Project Info
Location: Avenue John F. Kennedy, Luxemburg City, Luxembourg
Architect In Charge: Julia Bolles-Wilson, Peter Wilson
Contact Architect: WW+
Structural Engineer: Schroeder & Associés
Service Engineer: Felgen & Associés Engineering SA
Energy Consultant: Ernst Basler + Partner AG
Photographer: Tomasz Samek
Area: 0.0 sqm
Photographs: Tomasz Samek , Courtesy of BOLLES + WILSON
Rather than relying on excessive coats of thermal insulation, the building implements low-tech natural ventilation and night purging methods to allow the books to properly breath sans mechanical air. Bunker-thick walls ensure historical documents and publications are protected against hostile forces and temperatures. Windows, nonetheless, are dispersed melodically upon the shell of the building, inviting selected views from the outside in.
Refusing to “blingisize” renderings, BOLLES + WILSON has preferred to explore their design through the testing of wood models, continually adjusted in their in-house workshop. Their commitment to time-honored, low-tech methods may be indicative of their belief in libraries as the birth places of ideas via the primitive delivery rooms of history.