Armentières Public Library, France

Public libraries / Completed 2009

A ticket to tomorrow’s media library

With the new media library, Armentières in north France boosted the urban re-development around the town’s railway station. The building is an architectural beacon for the surrounding society. A forerunner in the public sphere in a way you can expect from an architectural work in the 21st century.


The roof, made of bright-annealed stainless steel is shaped as a horizontal, wave-like envelope, which folds over to fit the constraints of perspective and level off the height differences. According to the architects, the architectural style is a form of narration and expressionism appropriate for formal interpretation without being subject to overly theoretical rigour.


On the inside, the shelving system 60/30 with London end panels and top shelves, adds functionality and contributes to making the médiathèque a powerful environment for reading and experiencing new cultural media.