BIBLIOTHÈQUE MULTIMÉDIA À VOCATION RÉGIONALE, FRANCE, CAEN, 2010
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.
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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.

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.
 

FACT SHEET

Status:
PRO

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)



COLLABORATORS

Barcode Architects:
Dirk Peters

Engineering:
Iosis

Sustainability:
Elioth

Scenography :
Ducks

Acoustic:
DHV

Renderings / moving images:

ArtefactoryLab

Façade:
Rob van Santen



CREDITS
Partner
Rem Koolhaas

Director
Clément Blanchet

Project manager
Francisco Martinez

Team
Alicia Casals, Phil Handley, Didzis Jaunzems, Phil Handley, Pierre Jean Le Maitre, Maria Aller Rey, Giulia Scotto

Competition

Project manager: Dirk Peters
Team: Cristina Ampatzidou, Joshua Boyd, Nils Christa, Marc Dahmen, Guillaume Durand, Alice Grégoire, Simon de Jong, Anthony Joyeux, Noémie Laviolle, Clément Périssé, Jos Reinders

APS & APD

Project managers: Dirk Peters (APS), Francisco Martinez (APS & APD)
Team: Merve Anil, Alicia Casals, Marek Chytil, Paul Cournet, Lionel Debs, Mariano Sagasta Garcia, J Guijarro, Helena Hiriart,  Phil Handley, Didzis Jaunzems, Sangwoo Kim,  B. Kim, Pierre Jean Le Maitre, Filippo Nanni, Clement Perisse, Maria Aller Rey, Giulia Scotto