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Reading Room Takes Library Porn to Extremely Tidy Levels

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Effectively compiling all the qualities architecture nerds love about library porn into one highly edited space, the incredibly sexy, utterly German Berlin Federal Library makes pretty much every last one of its scholarly competitors look like a ratty, magazine-stocked waiting room. Photographed by artist Felix Löchner and designed by local firm HG Merz Architekten, whose philosophy lies in "restoring the form and original spirit to old buildings" and "evoking the aura of days gone by," the three-story spread sits within a preserved World War II building, with great care paid to maximizing light and openness across the various floors.

The space centers around a massive, rectangular reading room, all outfited in a warm tangerine color palette. Classic, original columns add a bit of historical weight, while a bisecting staircase looks so sleek and white that it practically glows. See it all, this way, and try not to drool.

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