NEW PUBLIC LIBRARY 
GUADALAJARA (MEXICO)

The state of Jalisco in Mexico convene an International Architectural Competition for the realization of the national public library based in the city of Guadalajara. Projecting a library is a difficult exercise because all this kinds of buildings mark deep and enduring the imagination of its users! This building is not only functional but also poetic. A building were "the lower deck" belongs to the city: spaces devoted to the various library collections are a big separated box from the ground through "Pilotis" which liberates a multifunctional space (large arcade). The library is conceived as a building open to the public, a resting place between the long pedestrian axis that extends from the metropolitan auditorium to the central square of cultural complex.
"The project is not only a beautiful object but a real special route: a long trip to discover in successive stages". The two volumes that constitute the library are "one the negative the other". The south facade is enriched at the bottom by a "massive" elliptical volume which contains the ground floor , access to the
auditorium and the library theatre, while on the first floor is also present a large panoramic glazed terrace. The top of this southern front is, however, characterized by a system of windows with "brise soleil" and contains photovoltaic panels that ensure part of the electric internal provision.

 

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Chartered Member No: 20005533 - RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects)

Registration Number : 078091J -  arb (Architects Registration Board)

 

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