Austrian National Library: A Model for the 21st Century? Austrian National Library: A Model for the 21st Century?
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Austrian National Library: A Model for the 21st Century?

by Liz Dwyer

February 7, 2011

While American libraries are facing tough budget cuts and struggling to stay open, our European cousins are stepping up and investing in 21st century learning spaces that are both visually inspiring and multifunctional.

The design also connects learning to the natural environment—the lovely snowflake-style latticework on the facade allows in plenty of natural light. Plus, it will sit next to a nearby park.

Of course, the true test of the design's effectiveness will be whether the space becomes a hub of activity in Vienna, and whether there's an increase in people accessing the library's collection.

Hat-tip to Design Boom. All images courtesy prechteck

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Austrian National Library: A Model for the 21st Century?