Architectural Digest recently published a story detailing 15 of the most futuristic libraries in the world, and they’re breathtaking shrines to the power of learning, collaboration, and community. And books, of course.
We love the Biblioteca Gabriel García Márquez in Barcelona. Designed by SUMA Arquitectura, the library—named after Nobel Prize laureate Gabriel García Márquez—is a geometric wonder. Inspired by Ildefonso Cerdá’s design of the city’s Exiample district, the five-story, octagon-shaped building resembles a stack of open books with folded pages. The library also serves as a central community hub, offering workshops on creativity, languages, and digital literacy. And it was recently named the best new library of the year.
In the monthly feature, Library Passport, I Love Libraries satisfies its neverending wanderlust by highlighting exceptional libraries from around the world. Grab your passport and join us! We’re in love with the Gabriel García Márquez Library in Barcelona, Spain. The library is dedicated to the Colombian Nobel laureate who lived in the city from 1967-1975
Chinguetti’s libraries are disappearing. The ancient city in Mauritania in eastern Africa is losing a battle with the surrounding Sahara Desert, which is slowly threatening to bury not only Chinguetti but also its 13 libraries—some of which hold manuscripts that date to the 12th century. The Washington Post recently published a fascinating interactive photo essay