The art of reading: Architects to present Moscow library at Venice Biennale

The art of reading: Architects to present Moscow library at Venice Biennale
In recent years, Moscow libraries have transformed into cultural centres with open spaces, cafes and lecture halls.

Moscow will present the 2018 Russian Architecture, Design and Craft Library project at the Venice Architecture Biennale and DESIGN.VE festival. The Moscow exhibition will show the new solutions used in the design of urban social spaces.

In 2016, a large-scale renovation of Moscow libraries began. The standard book depositories began to change into local cultural centres. Today, a library is a club where visitors can spend time reading in a cozy atmosphere with cafes and children’s centres. Concerts, presentations, workshops and meetings with famous people are held in library lecture halls. Of course, the traditional function remains. The new library symbolises fresh ways of thinking, discovering the world and searching for solutions.

The Venice exhibition has a prototype in Moscow: Library No. 95 in Polimernaya Street.

DESIGN.VE is a biennial design festival running in parallel with the Architecture Biennale. It offers a walk around the city, where each stop is an opportunity to explore the design of some unique place, most often hidden from the public. Historical buildings, small monasteries, design boutiques and private galleries organise their displays on the DESIGN.VE map. The 2018 Russian Architecture, Design and Craft Library project in Dorsoduro, the district of cultural centres, will be one of them. The exhibition is open at 10 am – 6 pm between 9 and 13 June. Entry is free.