O.A.S.E. Medical Library is a daring contemporary architecture project by HPP Architects, raising 38 meters high in Düsseldorf, Germany. With a smooth, white facade, the building stands out in its environment and is visible from a great distance. According to the architects, “the brief was to design a space for enthusiastic learning; a place of exchange, of innovative teaching and learning and of development. The initial letters of these concepts in German together form the word O.A.S.E. – oasis“. The modern dynamics of the exterior is further reflected in the layout and interior design of the project: “Along with the obligatory library facilities such as the reading and lending areas, work and study rooms, a cafeteria and generous public and exhibition areas are arranged on the eight floors above ground level. The various library, study and learning rooms are stacked on top of one another and are accessed via a cylindrical lift and staircase core. The service core is diagonally opposite as are the document lounges and the toilets“. Color is present throughout, contributing to a space that is both welcoming and engaging. [Photography by Jens Kirchner]