It would be hard to believe that until not long ago Klaipėda – the country’s third largest city had no truly modern library, since the city library, which was located in a historical building was rather incommodious. In 2006 the reconstructed library building opened its doors to the readers.
At present the library consists of four parts: Block I is a rectangular three-tier with an attic and adjoined old coach house building, Block II is a two-storey with an attic and Block III is connected to the old classicist house of the old library.
The author of the reconstruction skillfully arranged the new blocks along the perimeter of the plot of land in Klaipėda old town, which can also be felt in the oasis of coziness of the new blocks, in two yards – one closed, the other public.
In order to get into the new blocks from H. Mantas Street, one has to cross the first open yard. The closed yard is surrounded by a square two-storey frame with a mansard, which houses four reading rooms and two halls, whose windows face the cozy inner yard, in which art exhibitions and literature related events are frequently arranged.
For its sensitive architectural eye, the architect’s work received multiple awards.
- Project ID:103
- Architects:Neringa Blaževičienė
- Architects companies:Neringos Blaževičienės įmonė
- Area:6000 kv. m.
- Constructors:Violeta Simanavičiūtė, Irma Bartkutė
- Constructors companies:Expansion of I. Simonaitytė Public Library
- Other companies:Expansion of I. Simonaitytė Public Library
- Photographer:Neringa Blaževičienė