Internet viewers can get a video sneak peek inside Luxembourg university’s new library, to be located inside a former industrial building in Belval.
In the video, which was posted in April, university representatives explain that the Möllerei building, where iron ore was formerly prepared before being carried to the blast furnaces, will be the new home of the Luxembourg Learning Centre.
The striking building, the conversion for which was carried out with Valentiny HVP Architects, was gutted except for the steel girders. The 4,800 windows, meanwhile, are tinted with an abstract dust pattern to limit the sun’s rays, a design nod to its industrial past.
The Learning Centre spans six floors and will offer 1,000 seats when finished, the video explains. It was designed as a “place where collaborative and innovative elements come into play,” vice president for academic affairs Romain Martin explains in the video.
Head of library services Marie-Pierre Pausch, meanwhile, described the building as the face of the university’s digital strategy. The Learning Centre is expected to open in September 2018.
The two blast furnaces in Belval date back to 1965 and 1970, with the last furnace closing in 1997. The University of Luxembourg was founded in 2003 and moved to the Belval campus in 2015.