The prestigious “20th Century Heritage” distinction aims to highlight buildings which are, amongst other buildings of this century, a testament to the architectural, technical, economic, social, political and cultural evolution of our society.
This year, it has been attributed to the National Library of France, inaugurated by French President François Mitterand in 1995.
“20th Century Heritage” distinction was established through a
campaign launched by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication in 1999.
It “identifies to the general public, by means of a specially conceived
logotype, buildings and urban complexes whose notable architectural and urban
characteristics are highlighted for future generations as extraordinary
examples of our 20th century heritage”.
Laurence Engel, current president of the Library, “it is more than just a
distinction for the National Library of France, it is the artistic recognition
by the Ministry of Culture and Communication of this important architectural
construction, already well received by critics and visitors of Paris. […] The
site of the National Library of France François Mitterrand has long made a
long-lasting impression. The project is a tribute to books and knowledge,
therefore to the cultural history that the National Library of France carries