II. Städtische Bücherhalle (II. Municipal library) (1929)

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#Library #Leipzig #1929

Architects

Otto Fischbeck

Developers

Walter Hofmann , Stadtbibliothek Leipzig

Address and directions

Steinstr. 42
04275 Leipzig, Germany

Public transport: Steinplatz Tram 9 / Karl-Liebknecht-/Kurt-Eisner-Str. Tram 10, 11, 11E, Bus 60, 74

Access: Public building, free entry during working hours

Today's use: library

Description

Sometimes it is amazing how much a single person can achieve. Walter Hofmann was the director of the library and decided several new library buildings in Leipzig. This library was built from September 1929 and opened on Octobre 14, 1930. It is located in the small housing estate "Steinstraße", which is symmetrically arranged around the library. The building site is slightly higher than the level of the street Steinstraße, which gives the building a more imposing impression. The main front is symmetrically structured. The children's reading room was originally added to the right on the ground floor. The small cube building on the right sight in front of the building was the entrance and the cloakroom to the children's reading room. Today toilets can be found here. The reading room is located on the first floor behind the ribbon windows. The administration and a roof terrace are located on the 2nd floor. The row of windows on the 3rd floor are the attics. The interiors have been redesigned for today's needs. The windows have also been changed. Originally the window frames, but also the rain gutters, were painted blue. Today the windows are white.
The back of the library also has ribbon windows. However, the facade is not symmetrical, but divided into 3 different structures.

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