The slope of an auditorium juts out from the side of this library by Spanish architect Óscar Pedrós to provide a covered space beneath for open-air performances (+ slideshow).
Architect Óscar Pedrós was commissioned by the town of Carballo, Galicia, to design a library that would turn into a community attraction, as the former library had fallen out of public use and turn into an archive centre.
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“I encouraged them not to build a standard library for studying, but a flexible media space the place folks of diverse ages – from babies up to elderly guests – could share lifestyle,” Pedrós advised Dezeen.
The library has been developed up to the edges of an irregular-shaped plot in purchase to maximise space, and attributes a cantilevered auditorium on a southwest corner, which also gives cover and enhances the acoustics for an outside auditorium beneath it.
“The inside auditorium provides room for a reading club, like the film Dead Poets Society, while the outdoor a single will be utilized for spring and summer time activities, such as children’;s soon after-school performances,” said Pedrós.
Narrow windows also peek out from the sides of the constructing, but otherwise it shuns its surroundings, which consist of vehicle parks and apartment blocks, to target on a central courtyard.
As well as bringing light into the centre of the building, the inner courtyard also provides a buffer zone for the open-program spaces close to it, so that infants, students and older neighborhood members can be in the library collectively, but take pleasure in a degree of separation.
Spaces upstairs are organized in a circle overlooking the ground floor and central courtyard, and are created to motivate interaction in between generations, with overlapping sections for fiction, comics, music and media. A cantilevered lounge region also offers a reading through spot for youngsters, lit naturally by a skylight above.Photograph by Óscar Pedrós
2 staircases have been additional amongst the floors to encourage site visitors to explore the space.
“The main idea was to develop a dynamic creating that users could circulate close to, and also offer lots of spaces where end users can keep and go through, or listen or view video clips – retaining some privacy, but also belonging to the total,” said Pedrós.
It was also crucial for the architect that the new area was flexible adequate to help a range of multimedia functions, in order to safeguard its future.
“Pondering about a 21st-century library – as a good friend of mine would say – is like asking yourself about a book’;s cemetery,” he mentioned. “The only remedy was to share material space with virtual space, to stay away from Carballo’;s newest developing ending as a guide warehouse.”
The exterior rainscreen cladding is created with 3-by-a single-metre ceramic tiles that are 6 millimetres thick.
“By using this slender material, we didn’;t have to reduce the inside perimeter as well significantly,” mentioned Pedrós. “The tiles also help to get lots of reflected light inside through the courtyard, and their huge dimension enables the mediatheque to keep its scale as an institutional creating.”Photograph by Óscar Pedrós
Photographs are by Héctor Santos-Díez, except if otherwise stated.
Architect and construction management: Óscar Pedrós
Quantity surveyor: Jesús Gende Gerpe
Structure: E3 Arquitectos (Carolo Losada Soto, Francisco Carballo)
Installation: Juan Seoane Ferreiro (INDUGAL)
Graphic help: Alejandra García Macías
Developer: Municipality of Carballo
Investor: Ministry of Culture, Spanish Government
Constructor: Ogmios Proyecto S.L.
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West elevation – click for larger image
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