Gunnar Birkerts, National Library of Latvia, Riga

Gunnar Birkerts, National Library of Latvia, Riga

Opus 70

By Janis DripeIndrikis Sturmanis,

Publisher: Edition Axel Menges

Imprint: Edition Axel Menges

The building of the National Library of Latvia is a landmark of the capital city of Riga, a spatial symbol and architectural icon, created by one of the 20th century renowned modernists—the Latvian-born American architect Gunnar Birkerts. It is one of the largest cultural buildings in Northern Europe in the 21st century and acquired a symbolic and meaningful name: The Castle of Light. The pyramidal structure which rises 68 meters high is a place of cognition equipped with state-of-the-art technology where up to 8 million units of national printed materials can be stored.


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