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Condeixa Public Library / Sitios e Formas

  • 01:00 - 13 November, 2012
Condeixa Public Library / Sitios e Formas
Condeixa Public Library / Sitios e Formas, © Fernando & Sérgio Guerra
© Fernando & Sérgio Guerra

© Fernando & Sérgio Guerra © Fernando & Sérgio Guerra © Fernando & Sérgio Guerra © Fernando & Sérgio Guerra +25

© Fernando & Sérgio Guerra
© Fernando & Sérgio Guerra

From the architect. The new Condeixa-a-Nova Public Library, a town near the historic university city of Coimbra, is a recent project, sponsored by the local authority, and planned to integrate an important equipments area of the town, such as schools, sports fields and parks.

© Fernando & Sérgio Guerra
© Fernando & Sérgio Guerra

The building is designed with a single floor, and comprises two parallel long volumes raised from the ground, being articulated through an internal distribution corridor, on top of which lies the entry service of the library. The importance of each one of the volumes is given by its size, but also by its coating: stone in the noblest volume of the reading rooms and white plaster in the service volume. A wide steps and a gentle ramp leading to the platform where lies the public entrance of the library, forms a sculptural set that helps defining the main facade of the building.

© Fernando & Sérgio Guerra
© Fernando & Sérgio Guerra

The project is based on a clear and functional distribution, allowing the library being organized and understood by its users. In the biggest volume are located the public areas, while the narrower body contains all the dependencies of internal services. The whole system is fully computerized and accessible to people with some type of disability.

© Fernando & Sérgio Guerra
© Fernando & Sérgio Guerra

The spatial hierarchy is also enhanced by the different scales used in windows, marking the different characteristics of the spaces of adults, children, and services. The first clearly looks over the surrounding green space, offering generous south openings that are efficiently controlled by a metallic brise-soleil. The remaining spaces have more punctual windows, avoiding the aggressive west sunlight by adjusting its size to the nature of its activities. A natural lighting system, crossing the roof in the form of conical skylights, complements the more traditional forms of lighting, marking the most important spaces of the building with light sets that vary throughout the day.

Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "Condeixa Public Library / Sitios e Formas" 13 Nov 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/292178/condeixa-public-library-sitios-e-formas/>
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3 Comments

Paul Smith · February 01, 2013

I really like this project.
Specially the simplicity of the solution.
Functional, simple and hight efficiency.
That´s the way for me.
The "soul" of a building is on the harmony of the spaces, materials, functionality, and so on, and not on the exuberance that we normally see on some new proposals around Europe, lately.
Congratulation S&F... keep going...
Congratulations S&F

Paul Smith · February 01, 2013 03:23 PM

Sorry about the duplicate post.
I´ve a technical problem and thought the first one didn´t upload.
To late.
Now I´ve to posts reinforcing the same opinion ;-)

Paul Smith · February 01, 2013

I really like this project.
Specially the simplicity of the solution.
Functional and elegant, this Public Library it´s, for me, a good example of contemporary architecture, clean of excesses that normally give "soul" to some "new" similar buildings around Europe.
Congratulations S&F team.
Keep going...

Gab · November 15, 2012

the "new" Condeixa-a-Nova Public Library from 2008... and yet it's just another soulless cold concrete box! feels way to depressing and sterile for a library...

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