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Bibliothèque Multimédia à Vocation Régionale in Caen, France by OMA

March 18th, 2011 by Sanjay Gangal

The Bibliothèque Multimédia à Vocation Régionale (BMVR) is located at the tip of the peninsula, a focal point of the new development in Caen. 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. The library consists of two intersecting reading rooms, which encourage maximum interface between the programmed disciplines: human sciences, science and technology, literature, and the arts. 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.

Bibliothèque Multimédia à Vocation Régionale - (c) OMA

  • Architects: OMA
  • Status: Schematic Design
  • Client: Communauté d’agglomération Caen La Mer
  • Location: Caen, France
  • Site: At the tip of the peninsula in Caen, Quai Caffarelli, Rue Dumont d’Urville, Rue Suède et Norvège
  • Program: Library 12,700m2 (SHON)
  • Engineering: Iosis
  • Sustainability: Elioth
  • Scenography : Ducks
  • Acoustic: DHV
  • Renderings / moving images: ArtefactoryLab
  • Partner: Rem Koolhaas
  • Associate in charge: Clément Blanchet
  • Project manager: Dirk Peters
  • Team: Marc Dahmen, Noémie Laviolle, Clément Périssé, Simon de Jong, Jos Reinders, Joshua Boyd, Cristina Ampatzidou, Nils Christa, Alice Grégoire, Anthony Joyeux, Guillaume Durand

Bibliothèque Multimédia à Vocation Régionale at Night- (c) OMA

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.

Bibliothèque Multimédia à Vocation Régionale Interior - (c) OMA

View from above - (c) OMA

Aerial Masterplan - (c) OMA

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