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The Most Beautiful Public Libraries in the World

Shelving is an indispensable part of any library. At Krost Shelving and Racking, we have supplied many libraries with durable, cost-effective library shelving, including the Johannesburg Public Library. So, in the spirit of celebrating all things bookish, we’ve put together a list of our favourite public libraries around the world.

Situated in Vennesla, Norway, the Vennesla Library and Cultural Centre marks the city’s centre, opening out onto the main square. Designed by Helen + Hard, this timber-ribbed, curved structure is emblematic of simple, clean Norwegian design. The ribs give the building a sheer, almost transparent appearance, which helps it to blend in with its surroundings instead of sticking out like a sore thumb.

 library shelving - krost shelving

Image Credit: http://www.helenhard.no/projects/vennesla_library

Kanazawa Umimirai Library

Designed by Kazumi Kudo and Hiroshi Horiba of Coelacanth/K&H Architects, the Kanazawa Umimirai Library, which is situated in Kanazawa, is a concrete masterpiece. The 6000 perforations in the concrete allow natural light to be filtered into the library, giving it a tranquil, forest-like atmosphere. The interior is decorated solely with white, shades of grey, and glass, making this one of the calmest spaces in the world to read a book.

Kanazawa Umimirai  Library Shelving - Krost Shelving

Image Credit: http://www.coelacanth-kandh.co.jp/english/works/public_2011_kzl.php


Stuttgart Municipal Library

The Stuttgart Municipal Library might look like something out of a sci-fi movie, but it’s old school in its approach to reading. In order to create a calm space, the architects at Yiarchitects Köln created an all-white interior, so that the library is not only audibly quiet, but visually, too. With nine floors that include a music library, children’s library, and technology rooms, this public library is every reader’s paradise.

Stuttgart Municipal Library Shelving - Krost Shelving

Image Credit: http://www.librarybuildings.info/germany/stuttgarts-municipal-library