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Bookshelf City

Miraculous Alphabet

De Nieuwe Kerk, Amsterdam (NL)

The bicentenary of the Koninklijke Bibliotheek (Royal Library) was celebrated with this spectacular special exhibition. Using bookcases, an amazing ‘city’ was created with 26 constructions, one for each letter of the alphabet. Each of them depicts a fascinating aspect of the Koninklijke Bibliotheek (Royal Library).

Location
De Nieuwe Kerk, Amsterdam (NL)
Client
Koninklijke Bibliotheek, Den Haag
Year
1998
Surface
1500 m2
Status
Temporary
Team
Herman Kossmann, Mark de Jong, Martijn Sas, Roger Teunisse

The visitor goes from A to Z around a labyrinthine city of books. The focal point is the biggest bookcase in the Netherlands, covering an area 40 metres long and 9 metres wide and high. In the other sections, the most valuable treasures of the KB are displayed, such as atlases under the B by Blaeu and the collection of children’s books by Winnetou under the W.