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  7. Sant Josep Library / Ramon Esteve

Sant Josep Library / Ramon Esteve

  • 01:00 - 12 May, 2013
Sant Josep Library / Ramon Esteve
© Diego Opazo
© Diego Opazo

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  • Collaborator Architects

    Esther Broseta, Rubén Navarro, Olga Badía
  • Colaboradores

    Silvia M. Martínez, Tudi Soriano, Patricia Campos, Estefanía Pérez
  • Building Engineer

    Emilio Pérez
  • Promoter

    Ajuntament d’Ontinyent
  • Construction Company

  • Works Manager

    Manuel Pamies
© Diego Opazo
© Diego Opazo

Text description provided by the architects. The library is a detached building within green surroundings splashed with trees that penetrate into the openings of the building. It is a prism box where the interior fragments with planes that flow between the spaces of the layout of the library. Between two fissures, the building opens to the exterior and allows the interior spaces to reach out to the vegetation that surrounds all of the building.

© Diego Opazo
© Diego Opazo

The building is composed of two different rooms, part of the functional design: the multi-purpose space, the children’s one, the general background, and the space for magazines, newspapers, music and images.

The soul of the library is the books that accompany the walls that form the structure that organizes the different areas.

© Diego Opazo
© Diego Opazo

The surroundings give unity and include all of the space of the different areas, marking the limits but maintaining the continuity and fluency of the spaces.

© Diego Opazo
© Diego Opazo

The building opens to the exterior through polygonal courtyards that generate intersecting views between rooms and fleeting views of the environment. A large amount of skylights of different diameters filter a similar, neutral, clean light, generating a warm atmosphere that encourages reading and reflection.


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Cite: "Sant Josep Library / Ramon Esteve" 12 May 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884