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The Hoogoven Building in Delft, an outdated office block from the seventies, has been transformed into a Media Library.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  –  open and accessible
Brick
Media library, Delft  –  red room

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

Media library, Delft  –  transparent
Glass
Media library, Delft  –  in the evening
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Media library, Delft  –  glass facade
Patrick Cannon Patrick Cannon
Partner
Media library, Delft  –  colourful
Pieter Lievense Pieter Lievense
Senior Project architect
Media library, Delft  –  transformation
Living
Media library, Delft  –  glass roof

Transparent, spacial structure, each function its own atmosphere.

Media library, Delft  –  interior
Renewal
Media library, Delft  –  feel at home
Sustainable
Media library, Delft  –  existing frame
To meet
Media library, Delft  –  Dok Delft
Concrete
Media library, Delft  –  Part of the facade
Liesbeth van der Pol Liesbeth van der Pol
Architect / Partner
Media library, Delft  –  Cultuurplein
Colour
Media library, Delft  –  bookcase

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

Media library, Delft  –  detail
Light
Media library, Delft  –  grandstand
Public
Media library, Delft  –  Entrance
Media library, Delft  –  Reading kids in own colourfull space