A grid of white concrete frames the alternating glass and timber walls of this library in a French village by Studio 02 Architectes (+ slideshow).
Studio 02 Architectes developed the 450-square-metre library, named Mediatheque de Monterblanc, for a corner plot in the Brittany village of Monterblanc.
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Contrasting with the grey stone buildings of the village, the bright white concrete framework features large panels of glazing developed to frame views of the surrounding architecture for these studying inside.
The library sits on leading of a minimal stone base that evens out the slope of the web site, and which aids to integrate it amongst its much more traditional neighbours.
The structure is formed of 2 volumes – the tallest block at the front supplies double-height ceilings more than the library’;s studying room, even though the low-rise volume at the back houses a personal computer room and offices.
“A quiet and meditative area, the Monterblanc library gives a straightforward and available perspective into the historical past of its environs,” said the architects. “Its mosaic technique gives big openings that offer a panorama above the village.”
The architects liken the constructing to a modern day town hall, positioned invitingly at the centre of the local community. Metal lettering suspended from their upper edges of the facade project a shadow of the centre’;s identify onto the white walls of the entrance porch.
Within, the open-program area is furnished with bright white bookcases that sit on a white floor beneath a ceiling patterned with a grid of perforations.
A assortment of ochre-coloured armchairs with large, winged backs cluster in 1 corner of the library, dealing with out in direction of the village church.
White chairs sit about plectrum-shaped research tables that have pale wooden tops and green and white legs.
Little cubicles dispersed around the edge of the principal library space property offices, toilets and a children’;s reading through area.
On the floor of the children’;s region are beanbags shaped like oversized cushions and brightly coloured book crates. A assortment of matching lampshades hang from the dotted ceiling.
A glass wall faces out onto a paved courtyard with little circles of grass, which is hidden away at the rear of the building.
Photography is by Luc Boegly.
Task management: Commune de Monterblanc.
Assistant project management: EADM
Partners: Sio Cdlp Serdb
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Elevations – click for more substantial picture