Beyazit Library

This Istanbul Library Might Be the Best Building in the World

The Royal Institute of British Architects releases their International List every other year, which gathers buildings from around the world to celebrate their architectural achievements. The 2018 list was just announced, and this time next year a panel of judges will select the recipient of the 2018 RIBA International Prize. One of the buildings under consideration is Turkey’s Beyazit State Library.

 

Beyazit

Image Via Tabanlioglu Architects

 

The Istanbul library was converted from a soup kitchen and 16th-century caravanserai and it’s completely gorgeous. Tabanlioglu Architects designed the thoroughly modern library in Beyazit Square, right next to Beyazit Mosque, which was completed back in 1506. The mixture of history and present day is partially what makes Beyazit State Library so fascinating.

 

Beyazit

Image Via Tabanlioglu Architects

 

As RIBA president Ben Derbyshire said, the 2018 list “illustrates the meaningful impact and transformative quality that well-designed buildings can have on communities, wherever they are in the world.” No doubt a gorgeous library like Beyazit’s draws crowds and gets people reading. As we know, the more you read, the smarter and more interesting and better looking you are.

 

Beyazit

Image Via Tabanlioglu Architects
 

Beyazit

Image Via Tabanlioglu Architects

 

Hopefully, come 2020, your local library will be pretty enough to be nominated for the RIBA International Prize. Until then, though, maybe book your trip to Istanbul.

 

Feature Image Via Tabalioglu Architects