Library of Sainte-Geneviève
The Library of Sainte-Geneviève is a building belonging to the iron architecture in the XIX century. It is one of the few examples of this type of architecture in this century. It was designed by Henri Labrouste. The exterior has a Renaissance style, but inside you can see the metallic support.
The architecture is adapted to the new social context. With tendency to become realistic and scientific, architecture and engineering seek to respond to new urban needs generated by the process of industrialization. Cities do not require rich palaces and temples. They need new buildings with specific functions such as factories, warehouses, railway stations, shops, libraries, schools, hospitals and hotels, either to the workers themselves to the new bourgeoisie. It was simple, practical, scientific, of iron and glass, current, modern, and of pure forms.
In conclusion, an interesting building that refers to a period in history where everything begins to industrialize.It is located in Paris, France.