The new library in Deventer has been built on Stromarkt, on top of the basements of a former bank building from the 1960s. The building is open and light - an inviting space to meet, study and for literary activity, and an accessible destination for the general public. The restored 12th-century listed building De Proosdij has also become part of the library.
The building opens itself out to the city centre with a large glass façade. The ground floor is used in a flexible way, facilitating meetings and discussions. The basement has an auditorium with 80 seats and is fitted with a horizon cloth and acoustic walls. A large oaken staircase draws people to the upper floors. The top floor features a smart lab, an open source workplace where ‘making’ is the focus. The roof terrace offers a spectacular view of the city.