WPC: Enveloped

architecture, Stockholm, Wordpress Weekly Photo Challenge

Whenever I have foreign visitors, I like to show the Stockholm Public Library, designed by Swedish architect Gunnar Asplund, inaugurated in 1928.

According to Wikipedia, it was Sweden’s first public library to apply the principle of open shelves where visitors could access books without the need to ask library staff for assistance. All the furnishings in all the rooms were designed for their specific positions and purposes. Apart from Swedish titles, Its holdings comprise more than 100 languages with 17,000 volumes in Persian, 15,800 in Arabic, and 14,500 in Spanish. (And yes, Gunnar Asplund was the architect who also designed Skogskyrkogården, the Woodland Cemetery, in collaboration with Sigurd Lewerentz.)

The rotunda filled with books is my entry for this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge Enveloped

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4 thoughts on “WPC: Enveloped”

    • I appreciate that, Stefano. There are millions of books in that library, enough to envelope a lifetime.


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