Added on: 5th Jun 2015
THE NATIONAL LIBRARY OF CHILE
Featuring a similar style to the National Library of Brazil, this
Beautiful building was designed in 1913 and completed in 1925
with a neoclassical design meant to commemorate the country’s
centenary anniversary. Aside from housing the National Library,
the building serves as headquarters to the country’s
THE LIBRARY OF THE SAN FRANCISCO MONASTERY,
The library in Lima’s San Francisco Monastery is one of the oldest
and most beautiful on the continent. The stunning convent was
completed in 1672, with renovations and improvements
continuing up until 1729. The 25,000 volumes contained therein are
extremely rare, chronicling a massive variety of knowledge dating
from the fifteenth through the eighteenth centuries.
HOME OF PERUVIAN LITERATURE, PERU
If you think the architecture of this building looks familiar, that’s
because it was a commonly used design for train stations
around the early 1900s. As for why this library looks like a train
station, well, that’s simple—it used to be one. In fact, it wasn’t
converted into a library until 2009. In an effort to get more of the
country’s citizens to read and to support the country’s artists
and writers, the library features over 20,000 works, mostly written
by or about native Peruvians.
PUBLIC LIBRARY OF LIMA, PERU
The previous home to the National Library of Peru, the
Public Library of Lima was completed in the 1940s with a small
addition completed in 1974. It's been declared a historical
monument by the country’s National Institute of Culture. The main
gallery features marble floors and stairs, sculptures of the library’s
founders, and gorgeous high ceilings.
NATIONAL LIBRARY, COSTA RICA
With a massive upside-down arch above a glass window and
concrete levels sandwiching a fragile-looking glass central story,
the National Library of Costa Rica is quite striking. It still appears
modern despite being over 40 years old. Unfortunately, the location
has been subject to a number of earthquakes, leading to a
number of closures over the years.
VIRGILIO BARCO LIBRARY, COLOMBIA
If you are a fan of modern architectural design, then you’ll
really love what Colombia has created in the last decade or so.
Famed architect Rogelio Salmona designed this library, completed
In 2001. Featuring red brick walls, blue water pools and
green lawns, this creative design looks like a maze of colours
housing a labyrinth of books inside.
SPANISH PARK LIBRARY, COLOMBIA
The Parque Biblioteca España stands out from its native
Santo Domingo more than any other library on this list. That’s
because the striking modernist design of its three boulder-like
structures stands in stark contrast to the simple homes of the
neighbourhood around them. The architect designed the
building, specifically its odd windows, as a way to help the
impoverished community imagine bigger and better things, says
architect Giancarlo Mazzanti. “We wanted to take people from
this poor community into another place and change their reality.”
EPM LIBRARY, COLOMBIA
Designed like an upside-down pyramid, the EPM library, completed
in 2005, may be a unique architectural feat, but its best-known
feature remains the odd forest of white columns located just outside.
Even so, the 107,000 square foot interior is quite beautiful, particularly
the strikingly angled walls.