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Koninklijke Bibliotheek (Royal Library of the Netherlands), The Hague

A bookcase that draws visitors towards the library

Koninklijke Bibliotheek Den Haag   Completion: 2015–2017

The KB, National Library of the Netherlands, is the Dutch national library in The Hague that houses all written words ever published in the Netherlands both on paper and digitally.
The building is publicly accessible, but the entrance is hard to find, and doesn’t fully personify what treasures the inside hides. The new graphics on the facade, designed by Mijksenaar, utilize the rhythm of the building, transforming the building’s exterior into a bookcase.

This makes it clear from the outside what you can actually find in the enormous white building. The identification graphics draw attention to the entrance as well.
The theme fits the identity of the library, as well as the other organizations that the building houses. Through the strategic placement of the graphics, the visitor’s attention is guided towards the entrance.

(photographs: Koninklijke Bibliotheek Den Haag)

Identification on the front of the KB building (close-up)

Identification on the front of the KB building (close-up)

Identification on the side of the KB building

Identification on the side of the KB building

Identification on the rear of the KB building

Identification on the rear of the KB building