​Stadsbibliotheek Het Predikheren in Mechelen genomineerd voor Public Library of the Year Award

Stadsbibliotheek Het Predikheren in Mechelen prijkt op de shortlist van de Public Library of the Year Award 2021, een initiatief van International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA).

Van de 32 inzendingen uit 21 landen werden 5 bibliotheken weerhouden: 

  • Deichmann Bjørvika, 
  • Oslo Public Library (Norway), 
  • Forum Groningen (The Netherlands), 
  • Marrickville Library (Australia), 
  • Het Predikheren (Belgium) 
  • en 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)

Uitreiking op 19/08/2021.

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