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Brief Published: 5 Nov 2010

Bookless Library


When the books at the University of Amsterdam library were moved out and replaced with an innovative new digital experience, architects Bureau Ira Koers and designer Roelof Mulder moved in to reconceptualise the space as a second home for students.

The library interior has been re-imagined with large tables and chesterfield sofas pushing the work focus toward communal working and casual meetings while books have been shifted to a separate outpost. Books can now be ordered from a central office within the library and picked up during extended hours from a white room lined with 1105 red crates containing items ready for borrowers. 

As all forms of printed media face the spectre of digitisation this is certainly a space which is offering a vision of things to come.