I’ve had the opportunity to redesign several  library interiors for Singapore Polytechnic recently. I thought it would be timely to reveal some of my all-time favourites because I have a fondness for libraries – how spaces which were primarily meant for reading evolved to what is now social spaces that celebrate user experiences and transform the culture of reading altogether. While one could easily add many other famous and beautiful libraries to this list, my preference rests on such spaces where  users are (prominently) celebrated as much as the assemblage of books.

1. Musashino Art University Museum | Sou Fujimoto

2. The Free University of Berlin Library | Norman Foster Partners

3. Iraq National Library | AMBS Architects (to be built)

4. Seattle Public Library | OMA

5. Bibliotheca Alexandrina | Alexandria, Egypt

6. Renovation of historic La Ciudadela by Taller 6A

7. The Old Market Library, Bangkok | TYIN Tegnestue Architects

8. Stuttgart City Library | Yi Architects