Daegu Gosan Public Library Competition Entry / STL Architects

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Designed by STL Architects, the new Gosan Public Library focuses on the evolution of the role of the library in regard to the new ways we now learn and teach. With extensive amounts of information, that could historically only be accessed in and from a library, being readily available to nearly anyone, this library will be a place where people come to live and vast knowledge resources are more than stereo-typical encyclopedias. Instead of libraries being generically thought of as a dusty place where books come to age and be seldom used, this library will be a place where social interaction is the essence of existence. More images and architects’ description after the break.

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Traditional Libraries, as we know them, are physical spaces created by humans to collect and protect books for educating communities. The books are a collection of words containing knowledge and documenting moments within history. Nearly everything that humans have learned and experienced since the inception of papyrus has been transferred to following generations through written communication. As the world continues to evolve, so does the manner in which we learn and teach. A new reality is now in place for libraries during the era of a telecommunication revolution. A library is no longer the main source for vast knowledge resources. People have instant access to information nearly anywhere, by using a plethora of sophisticated devices.

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Transference of knowledge will certainly come from books, however, it will also come from computers and the internet, but most importantly, it will come from oration and people sharing with and learning from others. Every user of the space could have an opportunity to share their knowledge, if desired, through multi-media means for individuals with interest in learning about a presented topic; thereby each library patron would be offered an opportunity to exchange knowledge and be an integral part of revolutionizing libraries.

Architects: STL Architects
Location: Daegu, South Korea
Team: Jose Luis de la Fuente, Luis Collado, Jose Luis Perez-Griffo, Ruben Cabanillas, Marta Bueno, Eduardo Ponce
Program: Public Library
Floor Area: 4,290m2

Cite: Furuto, Alison. "Daegu Gosan Public Library Competition Entry / STL Architects" 01 Nov 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 23 May 2015. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=284282>
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  • Michael Fisher

    The STL Architects Daegu Gosam Public Library Competition Entry really personifies modernism of the immediate present. It pioneers a creative and inspiring new approach to the traditional program of the library and offers an attractive environment for community to flourish. The entry exemplifies not only the physical characteristics of modern architecture but the implicit neutrality and separation from the past which is integral to a truly modern design.