The library building at the Erasmus University Rotterdam, built in 1968, is an example of brutalist architecture and is a municipal monument.
It has been undergoing a sweeping renovation of its architecture and engineering installations. Having reached the end of its life-span, the building also needed upgrading to meet current and future ways of working.
As more and more books are becoming digitalized, printed books are disappearing into the background. The renovated building will contain about 900 study spaces, 50 office spaces for staff, and the collections of the University Library and Rotterdamsch Leeskabinet.
Text by architects Defesche Van den Putte architecture + urbanism via ArchDaily. Photo: Roos Aldershoff