City Library Het Predikheren in Mechelen nominated for Public Library of the Year Award

City Library Het Predikheren in Mechelen has been shortlisted for the Public Library of the Year Award 2021, an initiative of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA).

Of the 32 entries from 21 countries, 5 libraries were selected: 

  • Deichmann Bjørvika,  
  • Oslo Public Library (Norway),  
  • Forum Groningen (The Netherlands),  
  • Marrickville Library (Australia),  
  • Het Predikheren (Belgium)  
  • and Ningbo New Library (China).
"It's hard not to preach the praise of this project. The poetic aspect of an ancient monastery turned into a public space should be enough, but there is more: true sustainability come through transformation and care. Het Predikheren has this in spades. The redevelopment of a baroque monastery ruin retains both a sense of history and mystique. The challenge of starting from an existing building with its own personality has been solved brilliantly, since the features of the original construction have been rigorously respected." (dixit de jury)

Award ceremony on 19/08/2021.

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