Take a tour through the newly built Taltal Public Library, designed by Santiago based firm Murua-Valenzuela. The small town project is located opposite of the main square and close to the Alhambra Theater, which was also recently refurbished by the architects. Responding to a narrow site of 7 by 40 meters while being situated between mediators, the architects conducted a series of indoor spaces in order to “avoid the domestic condition.” The spaces of varying heights house the library activities and end with a reading room that is connected to an interior courtyard. Construction has been completed and the Taltal Public Library is already in use.
The author of the project stated, “We are delighted to see the library being used by the community. We hope that in future the building will become a meeting place.”
The video was completed by Nicolas Rupcich.
Architects: Benjamín Murúa, Rodrigo Valenzuela
Location: Taltal, Chile – Region of Antofagasta
Development: Ximena Vallejos, Miguel Mallea
Project Year: 2008
Architect: Emilio Marín + Benjamín Murúa, Rodrigo Valenzuela
Location: Licantén, Chile
Associated Architects: Enrique Browne
Collaborating Architect: Juan Carlos Lopez
Structural Design: DEC diseño estructural
Contractor: Constructora ECSON
Project Year: 2008-2009
Photographs: Emilio Marin & Cristobal Palma