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O.M.A, emptiness as a strategy

Caen la Mer

Bibliothèque Alexis de Tocqueville is a public library for the metropolitan region Caen la Mer in Normandy, France. The 12,000 m2 multimedia library is located at the tip of the peninsula that extends out from the city of Caen to the English Channel. Its key position – between the city’s historic core and an area of Caen that is being developed – supports the city’s ambition for the library to become a new civic center.

First equipment delivered in France by O.M.A. since Congrexpo Lille in 1994, this library is in line with the other buildings developed by the agency founded by Rem Koolhaas, after the Kunsthal in Rotterdam (1992), the Seattle Central Library (2004) and right before the Qatar Natinal Library.