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University of Poznan Library / Neostudio Architects + Consultor + APA Bulat

  • 01:00 - 8 October, 2009
University of Poznan Library / Neostudio Architects + Consultor + APA Bulat
University of Poznan Library / Neostudio Architects + Consultor + APA Bulat, © Pawel Swierkowski
© Pawel Swierkowski

© Pawel Swierkowski © Pawel Swierkowski © Pawel Swierkowski © Pawel Swierkowski +25

  • Architects

  • Location

    Poznañ, Poland
  • Architects

    Consultor + APA Bulat + Neostudio Architects
  • Project Team

    Jacek Bulat, Bartosz Jarosz, Joanna Kapturczak, Michal Kapturczak, Pawel Œwierkowski
  • Structural Engineer

    Piotr Fait
  • Client

    Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan
  • Area

    2062.0 sqm
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

From the architect. Polish and Classical Philology Faculty Library of Adam Mickiewicz University is located in the heart of Poznan - in the close proximity to historical buildings from the beginning of twentieth century, in the immediate vicinity of the Poznan Opera House and the Prussian Imperial Castle. It was designed as an extension of the Collegium Maius - the former building of “Hakata” - the Royal Prussian Colonization Commission. The parcel is hidden at three sides by the Collegium Maius and by the building of Regional Government Office.

© Pawel Swierkowski
© Pawel Swierkowski

Our aim was to design of a functional and modern building, restrained in form and yet adjusted to the historical function and context. We have concentrated on the future building users – the students – the design was dictated by their taste and responded to their needs. Another tough task was to design within very strict area limits given in the local urban plan and by specified parcel use – and at the same time we had to satisfy client’s programme which was very extensive in function terms. As a result a very functional yet interesting plan was created – we exploited very carefully the maximum available area without losing the leitmotiv of our idea.

© Pawel Swierkowski
© Pawel Swierkowski

Additional unexpected difficulty was the parcel’s ground-water situation – building was supposed to be located partially above the reminiscence of Poznan city wall and also on an underground watercourse that was disturbed by new structure.

© Pawel Swierkowski
© Pawel Swierkowski

The continuous dialogue with the client during the schematic design phase and during the construction was a big help – we had to compromise some ideas but had also implemented some interesting changes that where result of a brainstorming sessions.

© Pawel Swierkowski
© Pawel Swierkowski

The project was an architectural competition resolved in September 2005. New library building received a form that is a structure divided horizontally in half with a massive sandstone bottom and light glass top - to represent a merge of historical content with a very contemporary form.

© Pawel Swierkowski
© Pawel Swierkowski

Building facades finishes are dominated by two materials - glass and sandstone. Used stone pattern is identical to the existing one at the facades of Collegium Mains facility. At the same time some light rhythm disturbances were introduced – we like to call them “razor blades” – those sandstone forms that are led throughout the entire building elevations and are also further reflected in a floor pattern and in the interiors.

© Pawel Swierkowski
© Pawel Swierkowski
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June Street · August 11, 2010

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Hernan Mendoza · October 08, 2009

Just perfect! the fusion with the existing nuildings and the racionality, looks great! congratulations.
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Sissie · October 08, 2009

good job,both functional and modern~

M · October 08, 2009

Very good, I like the division on two parts: heavy lower part and light upper.

Dan · October 08, 2009

Rational and exquisite! They obviously read the books in the "detailing" section of the library.

scoly01 · October 08, 2009

Nice, elegant and simple. way to go for such a function.


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