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Beautiful Caves Around The World

Hi everyone, I hope you are all having a good week so far… I think that the weather helps with everyone with what type of mood you are in, and the amount of energy you have, so I have been making the most of this time, while I can.

Today I thought that I would do about some beautiful caves. I know caves, right! You may think BORING!!! I always thought that caves were more like what you see in Indiana Jones, okay a lot are but there are some stunning caves out there in the world, so when I discovered that all caves are not like that, I thought that I would give you an insight into some remarkable caves from around the world.

Enchanting Caves

Here are 10 caves that are bustling with colour, covered either in ice, or could be considered sacred places. underground caves and caverns. You wouldn’t believe that these underground caves exist as they seem almost too good to be true to exist in our world. Here are some incredible caves for you to see for yourself.

Skaftafell Ice Cave, Vatnajökull Glacier, Iceland

This beautiful cave is located on the frozen lagoon of the Svínafellsjökull glacier in Skaftafell, Iceland. You can best enjoy the vivid blue scene of this magnificent ice cave, either in the fall or during wintertime.  It was constructed from centuries old ice from the slopes of Öræfajökull that as now transpired into what you now see before you, a pressurized glacier ice that contains hardly any air bubbles and making them become more transparent, except for the blue tinge. The ice as occurred over the last several years, and the holes in the Vatnajökull glacier have created amazing caves. The blue ice caves are a rare wonder to see.

Phraya Nakhon Cave, Thailand

The Phraya Nakhon Cave can be found in the Sam Roi Yot National Park in Thailand, it is one of the most mystical and mysterious landmarks there is in Thailand, but there are only a few that get to see it. The reason behind that is, it’s hard to get to the gold and green pavilion, only dedicated travelers, and hikers will accomplish this by making the journey. Those that do get to see it are rewarded with a stunning vision. The light that comes shining through the ceiling makes it even more magical, as it illuminates the Kuha Karuhas temple. The pavilion was purposely built for when King Chulalongkorn visited in 1890, and historically was a popular place for local kings to come and visit

Golden Temple of Dambulla Sri Lanka

The Golden Temple of Dambulla is also known as The Dambulla Royal Cave Temple and Golden Temple, it is the best well-presented cave that Sri Lanka as to offer. The Golden Temple was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1991. It is made up of five caves, that contain 157 statues of Buddha as well as many paintings on the walls and ceilings, which gives you an insight into the artistic talent of ancient times. The best time to go and visit this amazing temple is best late afternoon when it is somewhat cooler. This is one of the oldest temples going as it has been going for 22 centuries but it still looks remarkable for its age.

Batu Caves, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The Batu Caves is one of Kuala Lumpur main and most favoured attraction, which comes alive every year attracting millions of tourists worldwide, they come to celebrate the Thaipusam festival that they hold in the caves, with several having been turned into temples. You are met by a grand entrance that can be reached by a staircase of 272 steps and is guarded by a golden statue of the god Murugan which towers at 40 metre’s (131 feet high). The limestone that forms around the Batu Cave dates back 400 million years ago, and the temple are only 100 years old and features the idols, and statues that are stood inside the main caves. This is the largest and most popular of the Batu Caves, At the foot of Batu Hill there are two other caves, one of them is the Art Gallery Cave and the other is a Museum Cave.

The Marble Caves, Patagonia, Chile

The Marble Caves can be found in the General Carrera Lake in Patagonia, and is over 6,000 years old, and was declared a national monument in 1994. The smooth intricate shapes that are etched on the walls of the cave was created by the formations that is made up of calcium carbonate, which is a result of the lakes current, that had carved itself through the rocks over the years. This is one of the world’s most stunning of places to visit. The caves are known for their beautiful and spectacular turquoise water cast of marble ceilings.

Reed Flute Cave, Guilin, China

The Reed Flute Cave can be found in Guangxi, China. The limestone cave has been visited by many tourists over its 1200 years, with its ink subscription that dates to the 8th century BCE. Its name comes from several reeds that grow at the mouth, which can be made into flutes. The colorful lights illuminate off the stunningly formed stalagmites and stalactite causing such a beautiful effect, that as you mesmerized by its many colors, which is just spectacular to see.

Antelope Canyon, Arizona, USA

Antelope Canyon was carved out by millions of years of water erosion, but you would be forgiven for thinking that it has been sculpted by a professional, with its smooth beautiful lines, but that was not the case. Instead, it was formed out of the erosion of sandstones from flash flooding and rainwater. The stunning color of The Navajo sandstones flowing of the cave walls are awe-inspiring, attracting many visitors to the cave and even photographers come from all over the world to see it in all its splendour. The Navajo name for the upper Antelope Canyon is “Tse’ bighanilini,” which means in English “the place where water runs through rocks.” The Antelope is known for the light that shines directly down in to the opening of the canyon and wave like structure.

Han Son Doong Cave, Vietnam

The Han Son Doong cave can be found in Quang Binh Province, and is the largest known cave in the world, and it is utterly mesmerizing and is filled with many wonders. The stalactites measure 70 metre’s in height, with the pearls the size of basketballs. Every time tourists visits, they are stunned by the size of it, as they don’t expect it to be as big as it first appears, but it is a place of many wonders, and those who come, want to explore its many underground gems. There is plenty to see in the cave with parts of it illuminated by two sinkholes that flood the cave with its rays of sunlight beaming down, there is no place in the world like this…

Kyaut Sae Cave, Myanmar

Kyaut Sae Cave is known throughout the world, and is a magical and majestic cave that holds a Buddhist temple hidden within its cave. It does not diminish the fact of its natural beauty at all. There is a small opening in the ceiling that releases sunlight into the cave, illuminating it up giving it an orange or blue glow. This cave is only known to a small number of people that live in the area, as it is a relatively small and therefore not that interesting to researchers. The main visitors to the cave are pilgrims. The temple remains one of the most important places in the country. Trees and shrubs grow inside which gives it an even more stunning feature.

Cuevas del Drach Caves, Spain

Cuevas del Drach Caves can be located at Porto Cristo on the island of Mallorca and are made up of four Dragon Caves (Cave of Luis, Salvador, Black Cave, White Cave, and Cave of the French) it is an unbelievable sight to see. The striking formation was staged over millions of years of non-stop drip-drip. The winding corridors connect to each individual cave, with stalagmites hanging from its enormous ceiling. Near to the entrance is where the “Baths of Diana” is, when entering it you are hit by a small illuminating turquoise blue lake that is just so mesmerizing and enchanting. There in the middle of the lake sits a small orchestra, ready to give you a short concert, you sit in the surrounding boats before the band strikes up and fills the cave with beautiful music. Millions of tourists would come in their droves to see the wonders of this cave and see the only cave that as an orchestra.

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog, enjoy the rest of your week and I will see you back here next week

Beautiful Forests Around The World

This week’s blog is about the beautiful forests around the world, that look so peaceful and serene and most of all very inviting, a place to go to escape from all the stress. I don’t know about you, but it is sometimes good to get away from all the electronics, so you can switch off and focus on what is important to you, not only for yourself, but to re-connect with your family, as well as nature. We have all had it hard for the past year, and taking time out for loved ones, is more crucial than ever.

Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, Hunan, China

Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, as one of the most beautifullest of settings, I think that was why it became the inspiration for the movie Avatar, with its deep ravines, subtropical forest and along with its towering sandstone buttes. This gives you the impression of a magical place that can hypnotise you into forgetting about everything outside of its bubble.  This peaceful and mesmerizing place is part of the UNESCO World Heritage site in the Wulingyuan District of South-Central China’s Hunan Province, which is home to some rare species like the ginkgo biloba tree that is also known by ginkgo or gingko, along with some unusual primates and birds. This park offers some beautiful and thrilling ways to explore its landscape, including its glass walkway and cable cars that gets you up close and personal too the beauty of its forest offering you a bird’s eye view. This is an absolute must for an avid photographer with its out of this world scenery.

Daintree Rainforest, Queensland, Australia

The majestic Daintree Rainforest is thought to be one of the oldest rainforests in the world by being around 135 million years old. It is protected by UNESCO and it is home to a vast amount of rare and threatened plants and animal species, which includes these types of plants that are rare, endangered, and exotic the blue tassel fern, Coopers Creek Walnut, the Rare Russell River Lime. The animals included are the Spotted Tiger Quoll, Musky Rat-Kangaroo, and Southern Cassowary. A prehistoric predator, called the saltwater crocodile can also be found lurking in the rivers and creeks. If you go up to, he forests Discovery Centre’s walkway it allows you to get high up in the trees, after dark a guided walk is a great time to see the forest come alive at night. Daintree is the world’s most stunning of rainforest and is worth a visit.

Green Mountain National Forest, Vermont, USA

Green Mountain National Park as a stunningly picturesque setting, with its beautiful mountain backdrop, and below it is surrounded by its native sugar maple trees to add to its effect. The forest is scenic all through the year, but especially around autumn time which brings out an array of colours, red, orange and gold, making it look so majestic, it gives you a perfect place to go, no matter what time of year. The Green Mountain’s in central and southwest of Vermont, which is good for its many hiking trails, perfect for getting away from the hustle and bustle of the city and gives you a panoramic view at the top of the mountain.

Otzarreta Forest, Spain

The Otzarreta Forest can be found in the northern part of Spain’s Gorbea Natural Park and is well-known to its Basque mountaineers. The forest is surrounded by beechwood trees, and its settings offer many stories in Basque mythology, making it quite romantic. Gorbea Natural Park is in the Basque Country and is known for its tenuous forests, such as Hayedo de Otzarreta. It is said to be especially charming in autumn and is an absolute must place to stop at, for any thrill seeker that loves an exciting adventure.

The Amazon Rainforest, Brazil

The Amazon Rainforest spans over eight South American countries Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, and French Guiana, making it undoubtedly the most famous rainforest that contains a small part of the planet’s known species that spans its 1.4 billion acres of tropical forest and winding river that covers over 4,100 miles. The Amazon contains several million species of different insects, birds, plants, with many still unrecorded. The main wildlife includes animals such as jaguars, tapirs, capybaras, manatees, and other rodents, and several types of monkeys. The Amazon Rainforest looks so serene, but it is at risk, not only with the climate changes but also with it being destroyed, as the forest as over the years decreased in size to what it once was.

Tha Pom Khlong Song Nam, Thailand

The Pom Khlong Song Nam means “two-water canal” and is a wondrous of wonders. It as spectacular mangrove trees with luminous fluorescent blue water, a colour that only happens when the seawater comes together with freshwater at certain points of the cycle of the tide. The Umbra Forest green area is Gargano, which is home to trees like oaks, holm oak, and beech. This is a place for you to study and learn about all the plants growing both in and out of water and soil, and the stream is as clear as glass. Its visitors can take a nature walk and take in all its beauty.  It is an enchanting and mythical place to visit for the adventurous wonderer.

Tongass National Forest, Alaska, USA

Alaska’s Tongass National Forest is approximately 17 million acres making it the largest national forest in America, encompassing the majority of the Alaska Panhandle in southeast Alaska. and is home to some of the country’s picturesque natural beauty with a selection of diverse and unique wildlife, Tongass consists of some of the largest bears’, wolves, mountain goats, black tailed deer, bald eagles’, beavers, fish, humpback whale. orca whales, and otters, and it as one of the best coastal towns in America. This National Forest is both big and beautiful and worth a visit.

Jiuzhaigou Valley, Sichuan, China

Jiuzhaigou Valley is a very enticing and alluring place that is tucked against the edges of the Tibetan Plateau and is both a UNESCO World Heritage site and world biosphere reserve. There is no mistaking that it is undeniably beautiful with its magnificent blue and green lakes, spectacular waterfalls, snow covered peaks, unique wildlife, and forests, it can be found in the Min Shan mountain, making it a perfect excursion break to enjoy, as well as getting to know its nature and wildlife.  it is also home to both endangered plants and animal species which includes the giant panda, the Sichuan takin, Sichuan golden monkey, and 220 bird species, along with numerous orchids and rhododendrons. This place is so much more than its Jiuzhaigou Valley, it is also home to nine Tibetan Villages.

Nuuksio National Park, Espoo, Finland

Nuuksio Natural Park is just outside of Helsinki the capital of Finland, but it’s not to near that it takes away the very essence of the place that captures its beauty, a place where you can go to and get away from the hustle and bustle of city life, and escape into its wild settings and enjoy the beautiful Finnish scenery, with its rugged crags, green forests, and blue lakes. Pack your backpack for a picnic or campout to create a memorable experience for you, your friends and family, giving you a memorable day, so you can explore its heartlands, and enjoy discovering its wildlife. Nearby is Haltia The Finnish Nature Centre shows you the best of Finland’s natural treasures from across the country. There is a selection of trails you can take that are signposted throughout. This National Park offers a wide range of animals such as the herbivore moose, lynx, Siberian flying squirrel, nocturnal mammals and so much more.

Glen Affric, Scotland

Glen Affric is a somewhere, that offers a place for you go to retreat and reflect, a place that is both peaceful, and calm, and it is there you can find your inner peace and be able to start to heal from the inside out. It as a stunningly majestic forest, that can be easily forgotten that it is in Scotland and not in Canada. With its glistening lochs, snow-topped mountains, and dense forests with its native pinewoods. There will be times you may come across otters basking in its lake, red squirrels scurrying around their natural habitat as they leap between the trees, and you may even get a treat as the golden eagle comes soaring above as well as other wildlife animals like the roe deer, the midge, pine marten, pearl bordered fritillary, scotch argus, crested tit, black grouse, Scottish crossbill. Glen Affric is not short on hiking trails and inviting waterfalls, along with its jagged canyons one of many great examples of Scotland’s majestic wilderness and it is a great way to connect with nature.

Foresta Umbra, Italy

Foresta Umbra the “Forest of Shadows” it is an exquisite and enchanting place, that as a designated picnic area, and thickets of tall, epic trees. This is the last essence of Puglia’s ancient forests that is home to yews, beech, oaks, and Aleppo Pines trees, that is hidden in its hilly terrain, there are more than 65 million different types of orchids that have been discovered here, and the wildlife includes the likes of foxes, wild boar, the roe deer, mouflons, squirrels, woodpeckers, goshawk, the peregrine falcon, and an increasingly rare wild cat, and fallow deer. You will also find that walkers and mountain bikers will find exceptionally well-marked trails within the forest. The Umbra Forest has been part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2017 and is situated in the heart of Gargano, which is in the province of Foggia, which makes it a perfect place for an exciting autumn break.

Mont Blanc Forest, France

Mount Blanc is Europe’s highest peak and is one of the most known destination for its winter and ski sports. But before we get to the summit, there is a lot of wonderful sites to see, from its captivating forest to its mountainous snow-covered peaks, that gives you an alluring backdrop. The forest is worth visiting and seeing its natural landscape at its best. When hikers come to Mont Blanc Forest, they like to know what kind of wildlife they might run into along the way, as wildlife is always so exciting to see, here is some of the animal species you will get to meet along the way are, an Ibex that is on a mountain cliff, Red foxes, Wild boars, European badger, weasels Alpine, Chamois, Red deer, Roe deer, Alpine marmots, and red squirrels. There are numerous plant species that are among the rare which is the beautiful Slipper Orchid, Aquilegia Alpina, and the Martagon Lily, this just gives you a mere insight into what the forest as to offer.

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog, enjoy the rest of your day and I will see you back here next week!

8 Futuristic Museums

Hi everyone, I hope you are all keeping okay. This Sunday is Mother’s Day, so happy Mother’s Day to all the Mothers out there, but I would like to especially welcome my own daughter to her very first Mother’s Day, as she became a mother herself this year to a beautiful baby boy, but my heart does break that I have not been able to see him or my daughter in person, I didn’t even get to see her through her pregnancy, but I am looking forward to the day that I can get to hug them without this pandemic hanging over our heads.

Anyways on with this week post. Today I am doing about futuristic museums that consists of contemporary art from around the world, this post involves everything that I love all wrapped nicely together, such as museums, art, all tied together by the beautiful and unusual architecture. I love going to museums, art galleries and have become such a fanatic where beautiful and extremely different architecture is concerned, it could be, where the artist in me comes out

8 Futuristic Museums of Contemporary Art around the World

Each museum is special in their own way, whether it’s through their architectural exterior or their unique Interior to even what they house, but whatever it is they are admired by many experts, and people alike, from all around the world. These stunning museums offer you both cultural and architectural experience. Gone are the everyday buildings and now you have the more up to date museums that are more advanced than the run of the mill ones. I am not knocking the older ones as if it were not for them I would not of got my thirst for art and its history..

Famous architects of our generation come out to compete, so they can get to design futuristic architects and standout one of a kind architecture museum, from the likes of Oscar Niemeyer, Jean Nouvel, MVRDV, Santiago Calatrava, these are just a few of the names that had contributed to bringing you out of this world architecture.

Niterói Contemporary Art Museum, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The Niterói Contemporary Museum is in the city of Niterói and has stunning views that look across Guanabara Bay and Sugarloaf Mountain. There is a wide access area that takes you up into the lobby of the museum and into the Hall of Expositions and has a capacity for sixty people to be in there at one time, whilst in there why not explore the works of art by Jorge Duarte, Lygia Clark, and so many more. There are two doors that lead to the viewing gallery, where you can see the Guanabara Bay. The design of this structure has a futuristic feat which was designed by none other than their very own Brazilian Architect Oscar Niemeyer. This building was designed in the shape of a saucer that is likened to a UFO and is set on the cliffside overlooking the Guanabara Bay and Sugarloaf Mountain. that gives it a more stunning look.

Louvre, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

The Louvre Museum is designed by Jean Nouvel, features a stainless-steel aluminium dome that is surrounded by water. giving it an idyllic setting on the island of Saadivat and is inspired by the Arab architectural culture designed as “a city museum on the sea” that includes 50 buildings. When the sun beams down onto the dome, light beams through the dome in the form of a star shaped pattern. This took eight years to construct and is the largest art museum in the Arabian Peninsula. The Louvre Abu Dhabi promotes the Western art spread throughout 23 galleries that are either owned by or on loan to the UAE that includes an 1877 self-portrait of Van Gogh, Jacques-Louis David’s famous portrait of Napoleon crossing the Alps on a white horse, 1877 Monet’s painting of the Saint-Lazare railroad station, and 1922 Mondrian’s Composition with Blue, Red, Yellow and Black.

Comic and Animation Museum, Hangzhou, China

When you first look at the museum it looks like a cluster of oversized eggs that is speckled in red, but it is so much more to what it appears to be, it is a fitting masterpiece, for housing the Comic and Animation Museum. This was designed to represent speech bubbles for its eight interconnected parts which fulfils every comic book lovers’ fantasy. Children’s comics have grown to be a more sophisticated art form, and this is every artist dream as everyone tries to compete to be the best and more artistic, in bringing their work to life. Each speech bubble has a specific entrance; education, cinemas/theatre, a massive comic book library, and an interactive exhibition area. This museum was created by MVRDV.

Museum of the Future, Dubai, UAE

This museum is adding a unique architectural structure to the Dubai skyline that was designed by architect Shaun Killa as it has now joined the ranks of the likes of Burj Khalifa and Dubai Frame with its seven floors of exhibitions, that as a calligraphy style steel frame. This museum takes it to a whole other level as parts of this building was created by robots, which gives you an insight into what the future will look like. Visitors will get to experience the technologies from the future and get a glance at what will be the next big technology of the 21st century. This museum explores the future of science and technology.

Museu do Amanha, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Museu do Amanha or the “Museum of Tomorrow” is a magnificent and captivating architecture and is one that entices you to come and have a look around its beautiful structure was created by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava and is situated at the far side of the Praça Maua’ near the harbour. This museum is a cultural place housing exhibition that addresses the future of the planet. Its unusual architectural design with a cantilevering roof gives you the impression of wings on either end, but it is influenced by the local Brazilian culture along with Calatrava’s reference point, which is the biology of birds. The museum gives you panoramic views of Guanabara Bay and Sao Bento Monastery. This museum is over two levels while retaining as much space as possible and houses’ both short-term and long-term exhibits, with the permanent being on the upper floor.

National Museum of Qatar, Doha, Qatar

The National Museum was designed by Jean Nouvel resembles a bunch of flying saucers that as crashed to the ground all in the same spot, they are made up of interlocking discs, that offers its international visitors a look into its dialogue of rapid change and modernization. Its visitors have been at the heart and centre of this museums’ vision and its development. Everyone who visits the National Museum of Qatar are given an all-round and captivating experience, it doesn’t matter what age you are, the experience is still the same, delving into knowledge of their nation’s history and its people. The story will unfold across eleven compelling galleries as it tells their stories.

Soumaya Museum, Mexico City, Mexico

The Soumaya Museum was created by architectural firm FR-EE (Fernando Romero Enterprise) which is now one of Mexico City’s most striking landmark, with a magnificent eclectic collection of nearly 70,000 objects ranging from the 15th to the mid-20th century that is housed over its nine floors. A skin of 16,000 hexagonal tiles of mirrored steel, that reference the colonial ceramic tiled structure, which gives the museum its diverse appearance. Soumaya was designed by Fernando Romero an architect that is renowned for his stunning designs. This museum contains exhibition spaces, a library, a bookshop, storage areas, offices, a café/restaurant, and a 320-seat auditorium. All spaces that are dedicated to the public will be connected by a spiral ramp which begins as soon as you enter the lobby that goes all the way up to the open floor gallery which sees daylight coming through. The collection consists of European old masters, Auguste Rodin and European sculpture of the 19th and 20th centuries, Mesoamerican art, 19th century Mexican portrait painting, Mexican art of the 20th century, and Impressionism and avant-garde art, there is also, miniature jewellery, coins. Including notable works from the likes of Edgar Degas, Auguste Rodin, Pablo Picasso, Vincent van Gogh, Salvador Dalí, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, the list is endless

Coming Soon…

Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, Los Angeles, US

Lucas Museum of Narrative Art was founded by Philanthropist and filmmaker George Lucas and his wife Mellody Hobson.  The Lucas museum will inspire all generation through its Universal Visual storytelling. This museum when completed is scheduled to open in 2023 which will present itself in exhibitions that will bring visual storytelling to its fullest richness and complexity. It will give you learning opportunities and will enable all ages to explore diverse forms of narrative art. This is designed by renowned architect Ma Yansong and is under construction in Los Angeles’ Exposition Park. This museum will feature galleries that will showcase the 10,000-piece collection of George Lucas’ memorabilia, which will include The Star Wars Franchise and it will also have state of the art cinematic theatre’s,

Thank you for taking the time to read my post, and enjoy the rest of your day and have a good weekend. See you next week.

Libraries Around The World

Hi everyone. This month is Library Lovers Month, so it was only fitting for me to do this post, this week, as the month comes to an end.

This week I decided to do about the different kinds of libraries there are, in and around the world. I not only love books, but I am also fascinated by architecture and in particular the architecture of these buildings. Every library is unique in its own special way. Some might say that they are “just libraries,” but not to me they are so much more. They are the places of wonder and a place for you to escape too, it is where the magic happens and many journeys you will go on, but at the same time, it is also there to teach, learn and educate us, as well as stimulate our minds.

The Best Libraries in The World

Library of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK

Birmingham library opened its doors in 2013 and is said to be Britain’s largest library, but is also the largest regional place of its kind in the whole of Europe, that as an amazing 10 floors. It as dazzling silver, gold, and glass exterior featuring interlocking metal rings that stand out from the crowd are enough to lure you in. This beautiful library was designed by Dutch architects Mecanoo, to pay tribute to the English city’s Jewellery Quarter. It’s modern and up to date library with its wealth of resources that is all in one place, houses both a kids’ and adults library, music collection, a Shakespeare Memorial Room as well as a health facility topped off with its secret garden on the roof.

Tianjin Binhal Library, Tianjin, China

There is an incredibly good reason that this spherical library attracts so much attention, having up to 10,000 visitors a day, making it the city’s biggest tourist attraction to date. On entering the Tianjin Binhai Library, you may first notice how exceptionally white everything is, it looks so clean, fresh, and mesmerising. This is a five-level library and has a total space of 33,700 square metres. Its characteristics include wall to ceiling bookshelves that go all around the room and incorporating the bookshelves into the steps that you use to walk up to the next level, there are enough shelves to hold its 1.2million books, and as a large luminous sphere in the centre that serves as an auditorium, holding a capacity of 110 people. It may look spectacular, but it is not completely all real as the library was fast-tracked, which meant access to the upper shelves was made impossible to get too: what you see way up there is perforated aluminium plates printed to look like books. Despite this, it is still very impressive. Besides using architectural firm MVRDV, you also had Tianjin Urban Planning and Design Institute (TUPDI) who had completed the library as part of a larger master plan, that provides a more cultural district for the city.

Chicago Public Library, Chinatown Branch, Illinois, USA

Chicago’s Public Library opened in 2015 and is unlike any other library in the city. This library is 16,000 square feet, and two-stories high, with its feng shui, influenced interior décor, that as exceptionally striking views of the Chicago Skyline. This library includes Chinese language materials and a mural by CJ Hungerman which entitles the “Universal Transverse Immigration Proclamation,” an ode to the neighbourhood’s history and character. This is the second-largest public library in the mid-west. CPL also serves as a Cultural and Information Center for those who seek information about the Chinatown community and Chinese culture.

Toronto Public Library, Toronto, Canada

Toronto Public Library is a public reference library situated in Toronto, Ontario and was first established in 1909 by designer Raymond Moriyama Architects. It as a five-double-storey building and is the largest library in the area. The TPL went under a major revamp from 2009 to 2014, which saw the building expand to its present size, with a transparent glass cube that was built onto its structure, which now holds an expanded lobby, a shop, and a café. Several social spaces were built, including an event centre and a special collection rotunda. The TPL revamp was undertaken and led by Moriyama & Teshima Architects, the successor of the architectural firm to Raymond Moriyama Architects.

Bukit Panjang Public Library, Bukit Panjang, Singapore

Bukit Panjang is a public library that was officially opened on 4 April 1998. The library as doubled in size since it first opened. It went under a 10-month renovation starting on 4 September 2016, finishing 1 July 2017. It is the first public library to have two district wings that face each other on the 4th floor. The Adults and Teens zone is in the old library space, while the children’s zone is in the space previously occupied by Daiso. The library was inspired by Bukit Panjang’s transformation that now as a direct connection to the Downtown Line. Follow its colourful ribbons on the floor and explore the different sections it as to offer. There is something for everyone in this delightful library.

Geelong Library and Heritage Centre, Victoria, Australia

The Geelong Library and Heritage Centre is based in the heart of a flourishing cultural place. The Centre aka. The Dome is a much-loved part of the city’s cultural and architectural landscape. The Geelong is a regional library, and is an archives and resource facility, that begun in 1858 and the Historical Records Centre was established in 1979 as a place to deposit a crucial number of historical records and archives. Inside you will find a welcoming of vibrant colours that is there to stimulate your brain and provide a very calm and relaxing atmosphere for you to study and learn. This is truly one not to be missed, as it will change the way you perceive libraries in the future. This library has so much to offer from:

  • 6,000m² of space, including five public levels
  • Heritage Centre repository and reading room (Level 3)
  • Powerful, free Wi-Fi and high-speed Internet access
  • An entire floor dedicated to children and young people, with age-appropriate collections, digital technology, and activity spaces (Level 1)
  • Major event space with spectacular bay views (Level 5)
  • A diverse collection of print, multimedia, and heritage items, and so much more…

Brandenburg University of Technology Library, Cottbus, Germany

The Brandenburg Library was designed by Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron who instantly achieved international stardom for its skin covered structure with myriad lettering in various alphabets and languages. which had taken three years to complete in November 2004, this structure stands tall at 32 meters high with reinforced concrete construction that was covered by a double-shell, glass façade embodied by its stylized graffiti. The ground plan of the building has an outer cover that resembles a cloverleaf. This amazing architectural external structure continues its uniqueness all the way to the interior, with its spiral staircase that extends from the first floor all the way up to the sixth floor, with a striking colour scheme in a multitude of colours (magenta, yellow, blue, red, and green) that covers its floors and walls. With exception to the management and business areas, there is also a room full of up-to-date technology, and a pool area, with a few separate areas.

  • Floor -1 and 2nd: Arts, Economics, Law
  • 3rd Floor and 4th: Architecture, Civil Engineering, Technology
  • Ground 5th and 6th: Science, Environment, Information
  • The second level underground halls are closed to the public. The library has two basements used for the storage and repair of books.

Minna No Mori Gifu Media Cosmos Library, Gifu, Japan

Minna no Mori Gifu Media, Cosmos is a multipurpose centre in Gifu, Japan. On the ground floor, there are several public zones. The upper floor level consists of large, open reading spaces, that is surrounded by numerous curved globes that give the building its unmistakable character. These translucent polyester light shades have patterns that diffuse both daylight and the artificial light that shines within the inside of the lamps. Minna No Mori “a forest for everyone” in Japanese, consist of a library, art gallery, cultural hubs, and an architectural wonder to name but a few. This facility is in Gifu City that is situated in between the JR Gifu Station and Gifu Castle and structural design alone is worth a visit, which was designed by world-renowned architect Toyo Ito… It was chosen to illustrate the facility for the people of the community and the surrounding forests. Gifu Media has been designed in a more traditional Japanese style architecture and is divided into three subsections with each serving a more distinct purpose.

Dokk1 Public Library, Aarhus Denmark

Dokk1 Public Library is a centre for those who have a thirst for knowledge and culture. This library is situated in the city centre by the waterfront. Dokk1 houses the Aarhus’ main Library, the largest in the municipality, and it is the largest public library in Scandinavia. This magnificent library is split across two levels, containing a selection of departments, such as literary fiction, professional literature, various media outlets, exhibitions, a café, numerous lounges, as well as a section for children of different ages, events and lecture halls, small concerts, theatre, and film screenings, as well as underground parking, with enough spaces that covers 1000 vehicles. This structure also contains a rail system, with trains running through and under the building including a station, and still, there is so much to see in this wondrous of wonders, that just simply goes on and on.

Biblioteca Sandro Penna, Perugia, Italy

The Sandro Penna Municipal Library is in the city of Perugia. it opened its doors in 2004, the building was designed by architect Italo Rota and is in the shape of a disc which consists of pink glass that lets in natural light during the day and lights up the skies at night. Along with its location, shape, and function, it has become a nodal point in the San Sisto district, it is a visible and recognizable element, that means a lot to the people of the neighbourhood. The architectural structure of this library as open spaces, which lets in natural light throughout the rooms, with colourful furnishings to add to the overall effect. The second floor is carried out by a disc formed by a coloured structural glass coating that is mounted on curved metal frames…The light that flows through the glass filter gives you a more relaxing atmosphere and reaches all three levels through an empty space in the centre of the building. The library was originally named after Perugino poet Sandro Penna, some of his works have been printed on transparent panels covering the outer layers of the building. This has been listed as one of the world’s most extravagant libraries and if you are a book lover this should be on your list of places to visit.

The Geisel Library San Diego USA

The Geisel Library is at the University of California and takes its name from the celebrated writer Theodor Seuss Geisel, you will all know him as children’s author Dr Seuss, and his wife Audrey. The literary pair were honoured for bettering literacy. The eight-story building stands 110 feet tall. This structure was designed towards the end of the 1960s by American architect William Pereira. The building’s distinctive architecture was described as occupying “a fascinating nexus between brutalism and futurism”. The library went through a revamp in 1993 and was rededicated to the University Library Building and was renamed as The Geisel Library in 1995. The UC San Diego Library consists of Geisel Library and Biomedical Library Building.

Tama Art University Library, Tokyo

In 2007, the architecture world in Tokyo was aware of a new eye-catching addition, that was to be in the form of the library for Tama Art University, which would be designed by some local architects Toyo Ito and Associates. With its signature concrete and steel arches methodically positioned, which were there for good reason as it was providing the structure, not just with its striking appearance but was aimed to give you the impression and the sense that the floor was slanted, going all the way through the garden and into the building itself. You can browse its immense capacity of books or study beneath the arches, or why not enjoy listening to their music or even take in a movie in the “temporary theatre,” or take shelter and read magazines while you are waiting for the bus to go home, this place is a treat and an absolute wonder.

Raza Library, Rampur, Uttar Pradesh, India

Raza Library was founded by Nawab Faizullah Khan, who was a ruler of the state of Rampur. What was once built as part of a palace in the late 18th century, was then converted into the Raza Library in 1904 by Nawab Hamid Ali Khan and has long been a national monument, a centre for the Islamic cultural heritage of knowledge, as well as a place to learn. This magnificent Indo-European architectural structure is home to a vast majority of Asian texts and objects, which now stores 17,000 rare and completely unique manuscripts in Arabic, Persian, Pashto, Sanskrit, Urdu, Hindi, and Turkish languages and over 200 handwritten letters. This library owns a good number of paintings and has a collection of around 60,000 printed books in various languages This is one of the oldest and most important libraries in South Asia

The Tianyi Pavilion Library, Ningbo, Zhejiang Province, China

Founded by Fan Qin in 1561. The Tianyi Pavillion is also known as Tianyi Chamber. This is the oldest private library in China and is a major attraction that Ningbo has to offer and it is among one of the oldest libraries in Asia. The Tianyi Pavillion holds the first collection, that was started by a retired imperial minister, and now includes over 300,000 volumes, 80,000 of which are rare ancient books that you cannot get anywhere else, which dates to the th century, and includes woodblock, handwritten copies of the Confucian classics, and rare local histories. Besides having these valuable collections, it is also known for its exceptionally unique architectural style and beautiful landscapes. Fan Qi’s grandson later rebuilt the Pavillion and created an Eastern Garden for the library which is situated by a beautiful Yuehu Lake. This library offers a combination of art, history, social studies, and culture.

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