Bibliothèque Multimédia à Vocation Régionale, BMVR Building Caen, Architect, French Library Architecture
Bibliothèque Multimédia à Vocation Régionale
BMVR Building Development in Caen, Lower Normandy, North East France – design by OMA, Architects
3 Feb 2016
Bibliothèque Multimédia à Vocation Régionale, Caen
Design: OMA, Architects
Location: Caen, Lower Normandy, France
Bibliothèque Multimédia à Vocation Régionale in Caen
The Bibliothèque Multimédia à Vocation Régionale (BMVR) is located at the tip of the peninsula, a focal point of the new development in Caen, states OMA.
The library is designed with two intersecting pedagogic axes which encourage maximum interface between disciplines: human sciences, science and technology, literature, and the arts. With its four protruding planes, the building points to four landmark points in Caen (the Abbaye-aux-Dames in the north, the central train station to the south, the Abbaye-aux-Hommes in the east and the area of new construction in the west), and becomes a symbolic centre for the city.
In the exterior spaces created by these intersecting reading rooms, the library interacts with its surroundings, opening up to a park, pedestrian pathway and waterfront plaza.
The design of the future BMVR Caen meets the Haute Qualité Environnementale, a standard for sustainable building in France. The sustainable approach responds to local climactic conditions to ensure energy efficiency. Shallow floor plans maximise available natural light, creating the ideal reading environment crucial to a library.
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