Library at Pontifical Lateran University — Rome, Italy
Started in 2004 and completed in 2006, the library works against the assumption of traditional classicist architecture associated with Rome. The library functions almost on interlocking layers, as gentle ramps act as links from one floor to the next – and as the bookshelves. The central – fire proof – tower houses 70,000 volumes and rare manuscripts. The library is part of the Pontifical Lateran University, an institution that boasts four saints among its alumni and is known as ‘The Pope’s University’.