On September 10, the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) won a competition to design the Bibliothèque Multimédia à Vocation Régionale (BMVR), a new library in Caen, France. The project, headed by partner Rem Koolhaas and associate Clément Blanchet, will be sited at the tip of the peninsula in Caen, and will be formed by two crossing axes, which point in the direction of various city landmarks. Two intersecting reading rooms, meant to integrate intellectual engagement from all fields, will be flooded with natural light as a result of floor-to-ceiling windows.
The design meets the standards of the Haute Qualité Environnementale, the French sustainable building code, and will respond to the natural climate of the area to ensure maximum energy efficiency. It's large windows and slotted white facade lend a sense of transparency to the structure, which will engage its surroundings by opening onto a park and waterfront plaza, all connected by a pedestrian walkway.