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Vasconcelos Library / Alberto Kalach

  • 01:00 - 27 December, 2010
Vasconcelos Library / Alberto Kalach
Vasconcelos Library / Alberto Kalach, © Iñigo Bujedo Aguirre
© Iñigo Bujedo Aguirre

© Iñigo Bujedo Aguirre © Iñigo Bujedo Aguirre © Iñigo Bujedo Aguirre © Iñigo Bujedo Aguirre +17

  • Architects

  • Location

    And., Valle de Aragón 1ra Sección, Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl, State of Mexico, Mexico
  • Architects

    Alberto Kalach
  • Competition Team

    Alberto Kalach, Gustavo Lipkau, Juan Palomar, Tonatiuh Martínez
  • Structural Design

    Enrique Arriaga
  • Interior Design

    Adriana León – TAX
  • Project Team

    Alberto Kalach, Emmanuel Ramírez, Ignacio del Río, Tami Tamashiro, José Luis Reyes, Héctor Módica, Bolivar Garrido, Ivan Ramírez, Gabriel Ortiz, Roland Oberhofer, Paola Acevedo, Alejandro Castañeda
  • Structural Engineering

    Martínez Romero – EMRSA
  • Client

    CONACULTA
  • Area

    38091.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2007
  • Photographs

The project integrates the public library with a botanical garden. A 250 meter steel, concrete and glass structure surrounded by greenery and water.

© Iñigo Bujedo Aguirre
© Iñigo Bujedo Aguirre

The design is based in four fundamental considerations :

Mexico City is one of the largest, most polluted and agresive urban environments in the planet. We believe that the planning of public funded buildings should always encourage the expansion of car-free open spaces and greenery

© Iñigo Bujedo Aguirre
© Iñigo Bujedo Aguirre

The specific area where the project was built was a barren urban landscape

The buildings and gardens generate a new pole of urban ecological regeneration that expands over a densely populated area

The library is itself an attempt at reorganizing available human knowledge

© Iñigo Bujedo Aguirre
© Iñigo Bujedo Aguirre

The Botanical Garden houses a comprehensive array of Mexicos endemic flora. Culture and nature, often on opposing sides, form a unity in which the visitor can reconcile their co-existence. The reading areas offer the user an opportunity for experimenting direct contact with nature. All areas profit from natural lighting and ventilation.

The library is a great ship that navigates through time enveloped in a garden that´s always itself and always new.

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51 Comments

Guillermo Maya · April 25, 2015

No photo do justice to the actual proyecto,...

Juan Tenorio Ramos · October 02, 2014

hay que visitarla .

Antony Loewenstein · June 04, 2012

Books matter. Libraries matter http://t.co/rTZbD8ET ping @BenjaminGilmour @ReubenBrand

Max Phillips · June 04, 2012

Is this the sexiest library on the planet? The Biblioteca Vasconcelos in Mexico City http://t.co/rjOmstxL

Rabbie McKay · June 04, 2012

Is this the sexiest library on the planet? The Biblioteca Vasconcelos in Mexico City http://t.co/rjOmstxL

bee chua · June 04, 2012

Is this the sexiest library on the planet? The Biblioteca Vasconcelos in Mexico City http://t.co/rjOmstxL

melbourne smudges · June 04, 2012

Is this the sexiest library on the planet? The Biblioteca Vasconcelos in Mexico City http://t.co/rjOmstxL

Ben Eltham · June 04, 2012

Is this the sexiest library on the planet? The Biblioteca Vasconcelos in Mexico City http://t.co/rjOmstxL

Gagan Diesh · April 17, 2012

Yup @doriantaylor 14 of world&#39s most amazing library architecture http://t.co/iHVyLmi9 Mexico one is nuts: http://t.co/DUEsGTjA

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Alessandra Diaz · October 26, 2011

Essa obra http://t.co/INyTuLFq diferente dessa http://t.co/RGPphmvZ dá gosto de fazer um trabalho. Le Cabanon uma obra fantastica, me poupe.

Adam Burgess · July 10, 2011

I have not visited this building but it appears so cold and dark that i'm sure it does not complement reading in the slightest.

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hellovirnnnn · January 07, 2011

Vasconcelos Library in Mexico integrates a public library with a botanical garden http://bit.ly/hwH4AU #awsum

Ricardo · January 05, 2011

RT @hugooliveros: Un artículo de la Biblioteca Vasconcelos: http://bit.ly/i9z8pU

Ganaesh D. · January 05, 2011

The Public Library That Messes With Your Senses http://bit.ly/eu96zV @ugendran @_munirah @_itsesthetique_

Ardjan Logmans · January 04, 2011

In deze fantastische bieb doe je geen rok aan. http://t.co/EiNUR8e via @archdaily

Phil Russell · January 04, 2011

Amazing Library designed by Alberto Kalach...My second favorite architect.: http://bit.ly/hDAXBB

Mark · December 30, 2010

I visited this building and I have to say it's a very somber, the light is not designed for reading, also is very cool space, some will say "the freezer of books". On the other hand is a total negation of the outside, there is a distinct culture and interesanyte about the negotiations completely.

Kalach I think is a good architect, but on a smaller scale, as in large buildings do not work at all well.

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Red Wolf · December 29, 2010

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tuga · December 28, 2010

CONACULTA!!! thumbs up!

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All · December 28, 2010

Refreshing experience of a monster storehouse of knowledge. New approach to libraries.

Holcim Awards US · December 28, 2010

This is wonderful. The fact they are addressing ecological restoration is incredibly inspiring. This is exactly the type of project that wins prizes at the Holcim Awards for Sustainable Construction. http://on.fb.me/holcim-awards
Entry form: http://bit.ly/a7rwWV

internautas · December 28, 2010

Astonishing... It is long time since I saw something like that...

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R. Girardin · December 28, 2010

Saw it in real too, really amaising : calm but wild, fine details, gigantic space effects...
The only problem is : how to get the books when you suffer from vertigo...

A friend of mine did shoot some great pictures:
http://www.sandrodicarlodarsa....

Architecture+Molding · December 27, 2010

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daniel · December 27, 2010

for a building with a budget equal to bilbao's guggenheim, it falls short on many aspects.

Alex G · December 28, 2010 01:58 AM

Indeed I´ve been there a couple of years ago, when was reopened, because has to be closed because of structural issues, and is a big white elephant, big and cold, not interesting at all.

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mvieto · December 27, 2010

ABSOLUTELY ASTONISHING. I've visited this building in two occasions, and it doesn't cease to amaze me.
BEAUTIFUL.

Erik Joya · December 27, 2010

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tmmsa · December 27, 2010

Loved this building when I visited a couple years ago. The drawings are an awesome inclusion but in my opinion the photos on Kalach's site are much more interesting and revealing than the ones posted. One can find them here: http://www.kalach.com/bibliote...

IBA · December 27, 2010 08:39 PM

Yes pictures are great but has to be added that Extreme wide angles and photoshop manipulation do wonders these days though rarely represent the building as it really is.

urbane.abuse · December 27, 2010

Not unlike the Babel library by Borges. Do like!

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