January 2019 - The new library in Deventer was officially opened on Thursday, 27 September 2018. The library is located in the city centre and has been built on top of the cellars of a bank building from the 1960s. The design from BiermanHenket architects is modern but it still fits in well with the historical buildings in the city centre.
The library is an inviting building where people can meet, have a good read or study, and where literary and educational activities for young and old can be organised. Large glass panels let in ample daylight and provide a magnificent view of the city centre. The open floor plans mean that the different areas can be used flexibly. An oak staircase connects the floors. A smart lab has been set up on the top floor and there are spectacular views of the city from the rooftop terrace. The book archive, an auditorium and a bike shelter are located in the basement.
Special curtain walls
The outside walls consist of open compartments of steel curtain walls that alternate with closed surfaces made from ochre ceramics. Novicon from Oldenzaal delivered and installed over 150 tons of steel structures for the new library. The steel structure for the curtain walls was assembled without using a single bolt. An extremely precise job that demands real craftsmanship.
Novicon asked Rotocoat to hot-dip galvanise the steel structure for the curtain walls and the outside panels for the smart lab and to powder coat it in Tiger Sparkling 029/70786 (metallic mat).
The craftsmanship of Novicon and Rotocoat is making a beautiful contribution to the appearance of the library and the historical city centre of Deventer.