The National Library of France was under renovation for over a decade. We heard the great news that the iconic library has finally opened. The 300 years old building was formerly Bibliotheque du Roi located in Paris. The library hosts all the published repositories in France. Besides, the library is a public establishment under the Ministry of Culture. Its goal is to keep collections such as copies of works to be deposited, saved, and made public.
Starting of Renovation
At the beginning of the 2000s, the authorities decided that the old National Library of France had to be renovated as it became unsuitable for the 21st century. They planned a major overhaul. Starting in 2021, Bruno Gaudin and his team took the general management of the project. Jean-François Lagneau took the “salle labrouste” part. The renovation was in two phases in order to keep the library open.
In order to keep the National Library of Fracence’s own historical heritage and modernize it at the same time, the architects completed challenging historical and structural studies. Bruno Gaudin’s architecture office developed different weaves setting up different dialogs between history, architecture, and technique.
The restorations done at the National Library of France can be one of the major projects of the Ministry of Culture. Visitors are now able to enter the library from the Louvre to the Opera which is near the Comedie Française and the Palais Royal. The two entrances on rue de Richelieu and rue Vienne will be the main point of the city. Therefore, The library will invite passersby to explore a great heritage in the center of Paris.
The Richelieu site is offering renovated spaces such as a new museum with a way to share the story of old times and the present day in a chronological and thematic way. If you are eager to see renovated National Library of France at once, we think you should hurry up!