Lublin library crowned for design excellence in international awards competition
A library in Lublin is celebrating after being awarded for its interior design at the prestigious international A' Design Awards.
Created by GK-Atelier Grzegorz Kłoda, the Bioteka Public Library scooped the Iron Design Award, which distinguishes outstanding projects in the field of interior design, furnishings, furniture, lighting and decorations.
Praising the library for ‘probably being the greenest library in Europe’, the Award judges said: “It is a project inspired by nature, ecology and the idea of sustainable development.
“It is important to emphasize that this is a complete project, which means that not only the interior architecture is inspired by nature, but the didactic program implemented by the librarians is focused on promoting an ecological lifestyle and the idea of sustainable development.”
Inspired by the successful revitalization of the city’s 19th century Saxon Garden, also called the green heart of Lublin, the library went from being a mere extension of the garden into a stand-alone educational mission to build environmental awareness.
Defined by its open character and natural light, the library sought to escape from tradition by turning its back on traditional vertical dividers to instead promote feelings of transparency.
Making generous use of glass and wood, the facility has repeatedly won plaudits for its contemporary styling, with its design also featuring intriguing mezzanine elements, computer stations, easy-to-reach books, a relaxation zone and, also, a raised children’s area arrayed with illuminated seating, soft carpets and pouffes.
Delighted Lublin mayor Krzysztof Żuk said: “Bioteka at Aleja Racławickie is our youngest library in the city.
“For that, it is probably the most honored in the country. Thanks to an innovative and unconventional approach to the art of design, the residents have gained a beautiful and modern cultural institution.
“Hence, Bioteka is now one of the favourite and most visited libraries in Lublin. Of course, Bioteka's success was due not only to the original "green" design and good location, but also to the current book collection, rich multimedia and a great atmosphere created by a team of librarians.”
A' Design Award and Competition is one of the World’s largest, most prestigious and influential design accolades, and one of the highest achievements in design.