Bibliothèque Nationale Paris – French National Library

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Bibliothèque Nationale Paris : French National Library Building

Bibliothèque Nationale François Mitterand Paris – design by Dominique Perrault

23 Oct 2011

Bibliothèque Nationale

Photographs taken in October 2011

Bibliothèque Nationale François Mitterand, Paris XIIIe

Design: Dominique Perrault Architects

Bibliothèque Nationale François Mitterand Paris French National Library Building Bibliothèque Nationale Paris Bibliothèque Nationale
photographs © Adrian Welch

New Bibliotheque Nationale
12 quai Panhard-Levassor, Paris XIIIe, France
1995
Dominique Perrault, Architects

Bibliothèque Nationale François Mitterand Paris French National Library Building Paris National Library Building Paris Paris National Library Building
photographs © Adrian Welch

The largest of Mitterand´s Grand Projets for Paris: formed from four L-shaped corners of a square, 25 storeys tall on the banks of the Seine with a garden in the middle. Simple and powerful building, with a clear programme.

Bibliothèque Nationale François Mitterand Paris French National Library Building French National Library Building
photographs © Adrian Welch

Bibliotheque Nationale
photo © Georges Fessy / DPA / ADAGP

Building on the west side of the Bibliothèque Nationale:

MK2 Bibliotheque, 128 Avenue de France:
MK2 Bibliotheque
photograph © Adrian Welch


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Pyramide du Louvre
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Opéra de la Bastille
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Bernard Tschumi Architects
Parc de la Villette Paris
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In July 1988, President François Mitterrand announced the construction and the expansion of one of the largest and most modern libraries in the world, intended to cover all fields of knowledge, and designed to be accessible to all, using the most modern data transfer technologies, which could be consulted from a distance, and which would collaborate with other European libraries. Book and media logistics inside the whole library was planned with an automated 6.6 km Telelift system. Only with this high level of automation, the library can comply with all demands fully in time. Due to initial trade unions opposition, a wireless network was fully installed only in August 2016. In July 1989, the services of the architectural firm of Dominique Perrault were retained.
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