Library project for Domaine de Boisbuchet


Domaine de Boisbuchet plans new design library facilities.

Since 1995, Domaine de Boisbuchet has been an international centre for cultural research and education. Based in a 19th-century manor in the south-west of France, it offers high-profile activities in design and architecture which include exhibitions, experimental architecture in its historic park, and workshops with leading creators from all over the world.

The mind behind these activities is Alexander von Vegesack, founder and director of Vitra Design Museum in Germany until 2011 and a distinguished design collector. In 1986 he acquired Boisbuchet to establish a non-profit organisation, which in the meantime has been labelled as a ‘Pôle d’excellence rurale’ – the French government’s official acknowledgment for important cultural centres in the countryside.

About the library

Alexander von Vegesack’s personal library and archive elaborately documents 150 years of design and architecture. For the past 25 years it served as the Vitra Design Museum’s main tool for research, provided countless magnificent exhibitions and attracted scientists and curators from renowned museums such as MoMA in New York and the V&A in London. In 2016, this outstanding collection will find its final destination here at Boisbuchet.

In order to accommodate the over 20.000 books, magazines and other documents, Boisbuchet has converted its beautiful 19th century porcherie into a professional library.

Here, this outstanding collection will be made available for thousands of international students and professionals joining its workshops, guest researchers as designers in residence, and for exhibitions being developed by our team.


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