Biblioteca Vasconcelos, Mexico City

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Mexico City's Biblioteca Vasconcelos. It was dedicated to José Vasconcelos, the philosopher and former presidential candidate and former president of the National Library of Mexico. The library is spread across 38,000 square metres (409,000 sq ft) and had an initial planned cost of 954 million pesos (roughly US$98 million). The Congress of Mexico proposed plans to reduce the budget of 2006 that included cuts for all three branches of government. National Action Party (PAN) presented an alternative budget that preserved funds for Enciclomedia and the Vasconcelos Library.Then President of Mexico Vicente Fox inaugurated the library on 16 May 2006, and stated that this was one of the most advanced constructions of the 21st century, and that it would be spoken of throughout the world. This inauguration took place a week before the deadline the president had to promote his accomplishments before the 2006 presidential election.The library had to close in March 2007 due to construction defects. The Superior Auditor of the Federation detected 36 construction irregularities and issued 13 motions of responsibility for public servants of the federal government. Among the irregularities found was the misplacement of marble blocks at a cost of 15 million pesos (roughly 1.4 million dollars).
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  • I spent a month in Mexico City, writing and sightseeing, and la Biblioteca Vasconcelos was by far my favourite place to write. The library is visually stunning, with the stacks "floating" on transluce...  more »
  • What a piece of architecture. It feels like a bunch of floating books— we just strolled through and snapped a few pics, but you could stay and read.  more »
  • The design is unusual and makes me want to study library. Modern architecture is impressive and if you have time to spare as well around the visit. Although subway ride in the city.
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  • A popular and open resource of knowledge. Whether you like to read or not, this place is here to allow people learning, or reading at least, in a beautiful environment prepared and focused to enjoy it! What else could you ask for?
  • Is one of my favorites place in Mexico City, a huge and imponent architectonic building with an interesting interior, should be there at nights, if you have a nice imagination, you'd even feel like if the books are flying. The bibliographical repertoire is excellent, there is a general literature with a medium level of specialization in what you are searching. Not bad for a weekend walk or take a visitor.
  • One of the best architectural designs I have ever seen. I don't know much about architecture but it is clear to the eye that this is a very green building.
  • If you are even remotely interested in architecture, this is a must-see building. Many people have already commented on the "floating bookcases" inside the building, which are an extraordinary work of engineering, and there are even nice paths on the grounds for walking. If you're planning on actually visiting this place for a book, the registration process is easy--it's just a really long wait--and you can't keep the books you rent for very long. But the selection is excellent, especially for Mexico.
  • Must see place at Mexico City! Interesting architecture.
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