Space for reading made of purity and calm
When I want some quiet in a pure and contemporary surrounding, when I am writing, researching for a new article or just want to read in a beautiful space this is where I head: the Bnf (Bibliothèque Nationale de France) and I cant seem to get away from it.
It was built over 6 years, from 1989 to 1995 based on the design by architect Dominique Perrault. The four massive buildings are in the form of 4 large books, standing open towards one another forming a square. The terrace around it is made of exotic wood and stretches out to create a podium that elevates itself over street level and along the Seine. This is the library that stores the oldest collection of books in France containing also the antique collection of books once posessed by the French Royal Family.
I also go to the cinema there, the MK2 Bnf as all the films shown there are in their language of origin and subtitled in French.
But more than anything, the experience of going to read or study their just makes a simple process into something gorgeously sublime and relaxing.
Téléphone : 33(0)1 53 79 59 59