For J.P. Morgan, perfecting this library meant having a proper showcase for his cherished collections. For his architect, it meant perhaps much more.
Walking into the boat-like building, and stepping into the airy ground-floor lobby with its high ceilings, cinema, and café, was an exercise in skirting expectations.
From the outside, Biblioteca Vasconcelos seems uninviting. But wander in and you’ll surely be amazed.
The best library for writing a book might also be a model for presidential libraries.
The site of many a dramatic letter opening is the latest selection for our world’s most beautiful libraries list.
Many of the its riches were seized in the Revolution and then ferreted into the library which, astonishingly, stayed open even as the guillotine continued to fall across the river.
It’s very easy to miss—but an incredible slice of Barcelona history.