Central Library

Isfahan Central Library

The central library, or to be more precise, the central Mediathèque of Esfahan, is a latticed cubic building located to the southwest of the historical Naghsh-e-Jahan square and opposite the eastern flank of Hasht-Behesht gardens (both dating back to the safavie dynasty, founded in 1501). The designer inspired by the space concept of a palace, has designed a transparent space which is inside a latticed wall separated from the exterior by a veil. Transparent space which is inside a latticed wall is separated from the exterior by a veil. Floors have been interred. There are spaces to serve different functions, such as: Reading Rooms, The Gallery, Centers, Restaurant, Cultural Products Stores, etc, on the different floors of the building. On a previous structure, and the crust of the building, on top of it’s other functions, The building is located in the historic part of Esfahan, more precisely Within Safavie dynasty. A design which while having in mind the spatial considerations, also saves the special features of this particular historic sight. A turning cubical shape in space, the exigencies of construction of an urban space construction of an urban space where it joins up with the historic Hasht-Behesht Gardens, observance of urban planning practice; and the magnitude materials, color, and detailing of the building is proof to a very successful architectural design. Spatial concepts are inherent in Iranian architecture and the design of sub-spaces with new forms and shapes denotes the maturity of the design.


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