La Biblioteca Jaume Fuster - the Jaume Fuster Library - is a public library like no other. A splendid showcase of contemporary Spanish architecture, Jaume Fuster Library was designed by the celebrated Valencian architect Josep Llinás i Carmona.
The building is located just off Plaça Lesseps in the higher reaches of Barcelona's Gràcia district. It is named after the prominent local writer and political figure Jaume Fuster. Fuster was one of the chief pioneers in the resurgence of Catalan-language literature following the fall of the Franco dictatorship.
Llinás's design was put into place between 2001 and 2005. It immediately attracted attention, winning the FAD award for Spanish architecture in 2006, the third time Llinás had received the award.
The library has two levels covering a total of 5026m2. Its facade on first glimpse might seem to bear a strong resemblance to other modern Barcelona landmarks, particularly Santa Catarina Market and the MACBA exhibition centre.
The library's interior has a startling luminosity thanks to its mix of maple wood panels and clean white walls. Its doors are capable of remaining fire resistent for up to an hour.
Jaume Fuster Library Essential Info
Address: Plaça Lesseps, 20-22
How to Get to Jaume Fuster Library: It's easily accessed from the Lesseps Metro Station, which is served by the Green Line.
Getting to Barcelona: Barcelona is served by Barcelona El Prat Airport, and Renfe trains connect from all other major Spanish cities to Sants Estacio.