Stadtbibliothek Stuttgart (Municipal Library)
With its height of 40 metres, the Stadtbibliothek, Stuttgart's new public library (2011) towers over Mailänder Platz. To Eun Young Yi, its Korean architect, the monolith, whose façade incorporates countless glass blocks, is a polished jewel. Grey and unpretentious by day, the library cube glows at night in an iridescent blue. From the outside the building seems closed off, but a new world opens up on entering: a 14-metre-high, empty hall, lit only by one overhead window. 100 sq. m of void to offset the everyday hustle and bustle. Li calls this archaic, tranquil room the "Heart".
The Municipal Library has become Stuttgart’s new intellectual and cultural centre that is open to people of every nation. This is also symbolised by the inscriptions on the outer walls: the word "Library" in silver letters is in English on the west wall, in German on the north, in Korean on the East and in Arabic on the south.
Mailänder Platz 1
Phone: +49 (0) 711 216 911 00