Stanton Williams has been appointed to build the Clermont-Ferrand Metropolitan Area Library in France, following a competition from the OMA, Snohetta, Wilmotte & Associes, and Christian de Portzamparc. Created in collaboration with local practice Marcillon Thuillier Architects, the new library will function as a social and creative hub in the center of Claremont-Ferrand, with its approximately 12,000 square meter area, making it the largest in central France.
Stanton Williams' concept for the library enters part of contemporary architectural architecture a jewel-like piece center of the restored historic Hotel-Dieu hospital in the center of the city. A 17th-century hospital and garden shared home will be conceived for the new library and its collection.
At the center of the plan is a double-height, light-filled central platform, incorporated into the horseshoe of the current building as a large "glass jewel" bass. Designed as a free space for research, discovery, and dialogue, translucent glass is the mediator between the earth and the sky, books and people, buildings and gardens, the historic historical city and the spectacular presence of the horizon.