New technologies have opened up radical possibilities to reimagine what a library can be and how it serves its users. Founded on this spirit of innovation, the Bibilioteca Europea di Informazione e Cultura (BEIC) seeks to define an expanded role for the 21st century library – not just a repository of information, but a dynamic laboratory where contemporary culture is produced.
In July 2022, Dotdotdot was selected as part of the winning team, led by architects Onsitestudio and Baukuh, in an international design competition for the new BEIC building in Milan. Taking a holistic approach to digital strategy, we have envisioned technology as the backbone of the building – connecting users to the vast resources, both physical and digital, that it contains. Integrated into every aspect of how the library functions, our digital interface and user experience design introduces new ways for varied users to engage with the library and its services.