As a book lover, there is something about libraries that will always pull me in. But in this digital age when we’re all reading off our iPads and Kindles and Nooks, it’s easy to view libraries as a thing of the past. With their dusty and musty old shelves and plethora of dark wood paneling, somehow they don’t seem like a relevant part of the 21st century.

But this is definitely not the case for the Stuttgart City Library, which opened last year in Stuttgart, Germany.

The modern cubic structure gives way to a wonderfully MC Escher-like interior with staircases in seemingly random places connecting the 5 stories of the library.

While the white walls and almost-sterile design created by Yi Architects isn’t an obvious choice for a library, the ultra modern design ensures that a home for books is still relevant, even in this digital age.

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