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Biblioteca Antonio Tiraboschi, Bergamo (Italy)
At the opening ceremony of the Biblioteca Tiraboschi in Bergamo, Mario Botta, the world-famous Ticino architect, said that his goal was to create a structure that remains detached from all styles. ‘A library should be a sort of treasure chest, a place that protects and preserves. A place that makes our cultural heritages accessible to anyone.’ It is astonishing how similar these two statements are, despite the fact that they lie more than four centuries apart. Stone, one of Botta’s trademark features, dominates the exterior of this commanding library. But in the rear the compact façade opens up to the garden with a huge wall of windows. In its interior, the building was designed as a vast, open space. 2,500 square meters (26,912 square feet) on five floors, with five hundred seats to enable users to see and be seen, where they can browse from floor to floor, from literature on the third floor to essays on the fourth and fifth, or down to the second floor, where they will find the CDs and DVDs. It comes as no surprise that Mario Botta chose USM’s Haller to furnish the library, which was named after Antonio Tiraboschi who earned a reputation as a linguist specializing in the folklore and dialect of Bergamo. Botta has admired the Haller product line for many years, and also has the furniture installed in his own home.