Nestled away in some of Europe’s most culture-rich cities are libraries that have stood the test of time. They are filled from floor to ceiling with books of all sorts, but the architecture of these buildings often speaks volumes about the time periods they were built in.
Photographer Thibaud Poirier has travelled throughout Europe capturing these incredible designs and structures frame by frame. Whilst most people wouldn’t dream of firing a loud shutter in a library for fear of cold stares and ‘shushing’ from visitors indulged in books, Poirier’s risk has clearly paid off.
Poirier has photographed 25 libraries so far, with each one being incredibly unique.
“Like fingerprints, each architect crafted his vision for a new space for this sacred self-exploration,” says Poirier. “These seemingly minute details are everywhere, from the balance of natural and artificial light to optimise reading yet preserve ancient texts to the selective use of studying tables to either foster community or encourage lonely reflection.”
The use of symmetry in the images creates a very pleasing composition to the eye, sufficiently complimenting the work of the architect behind the library itself.
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