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Alberto Kalach in Mexico City

Alberto Kalach

The great library occupies a potent place in architectural culture. From the private domains of princes and cardinals in Renaissance Europe to the radical public projects of the Enlightenment, to more recent libraries (Asplund’s in Stockholm; Scharoun’s in Berlin; Koolhaas’s in Seattle) in which the book and a place for reading are gathered to monumental civic effect, the library, at it most essential, unites the single book and its single reader with universes of information and systems of knowledge.
A new library in Mexico, the Biblioteca Vasconcelos, is a vast hangar filled with books to be used by all that nation’s citizens. Its architect, Alberto Kalach, who won the commission through an international design competition, alludes to such classic antecedents as the Long Room constructed at Trinity College Dublin in the early 18th century and Étienne-Louis Boullée’s unrealised...

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