Media library, Delft

The Hoogoven Building in Delft, an outdated office block from the seventies, has been transformed into a Media Library. The quality of the old building, in the form of a transparent and therefore flexible structural frame, has been brought into play in order to shape the organization for its new functions. Shops, restaurants and cafés, apartments and bicycle storage are also included in this project. The most important architectural and spatial intervention of the building is the continuous roof light, with
a striking glass roof stretching across the entire width of the building. An atrium connects the various floors and functions. The warm, soft
materials of the interior bridge the gap between the hard industrial structural frame and the building’s current use.

In 2009, the Media Centre was declared the best library of the Netherlands.


Architect: Liesbeth van der Pol / Aat Vos (AEQUO architects)
Team: P. Cannon, J.A. van Gemert, M. Hardonk, R. Bos, P. Lievense
Number: 0227
Status: Built
Year: 2002 - 2007
Client: Gemeente Delft

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Media library, Delft  –  grandstand
Sustainable
Media library, Delft  –  existing frame
Public
Media library, Delft  –  Dok Delft
Light
Media library, Delft  –  open and accessible

Integrated design where all components are perfectly adjusted to each other.

Media library, Delft  –  in the evening
Patrick Cannon Patrick Cannon
Owner
Media library, Delft  –  Cultuurplein

Transparent, spacial structure, each function its own atmosphere.

Media library, Delft  –  Part of the facade
To meet
Media library, Delft  –  bookcase
Glass
Media library, Delft  –  red room
Brick
Media library, Delft  –  Reading kids in own colourfull space
Pieter Lievense Pieter Lievense
Project architect
Media library, Delft  –  detail
Colour
Media library, Delft  –  glass facade
Renewal
Media library, Delft  –  colourful

In 2009, the Media Centre was declared the best library of the Netherlands.

Media library, Delft  –  feel at home
Liesbeth van der Pol Liesbeth van der Pol
Architect / Owner
Media library, Delft  –  interior
Living
Media library, Delft  –  transparent
Concrete
Media library, Delft  –  glass roof
Media library, Delft  –  transformation
Media library, Delft  –  Entrance