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Biblioteca Antonio Gala / Francisco López + Gudula Rudolf

  • 01:00 - 20 June, 2014
Biblioteca Antonio Gala / Francisco López + Gudula Rudolf
Biblioteca Antonio Gala  / Francisco López  + Gudula Rudolf, © Fernando Alda 
© Fernando Alda 

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  • Architects

    Francisco López , Gudula Rudolf
  • Location

    Ayuntamiento de Guadalcazar Centralita, Calle de María Auxiliadora, 4, 14130 Guadalcázar, Córdoba, Spain
  • Category

  • Area

    414.0 sqm
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

  • Collaborators

    Rafael Alcántara Pedrajas, Miguel Ángel Lázaro Marín, Antonio Salces Romero, Manuel Garrido Rodríguez
  • Constructor

    (1F + 2F) Cooperativa Villanueva de Córdoba
  • Budget

    411.509,17 €
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© Fernando Alda 
© Fernando Alda 

Text description provided by the architects. The library, located opposite the Town Hall, was designed as a compact, concrete block, seven metres high, resting on its rear wall; it overlooks the front garden and the Town Hall building.

Ground Floor Plan
Ground Floor Plan

The interior comprises a single space subdivided into two rooms placed one above the other. Though similar in layout, they offer a marked contrast in volume: while the ground- floor space is of double height, thus conveying the impression of a large entrance hall, the upper floor has a more private feeling, its height being compressed to force a horizontal view of the garden.

© Fernando Alda 
© Fernando Alda 

This division is achieved by means of an L-shaped wooden block which supports the staircase and conceals the necessary amenities. A striking feature of its functional nature is the removal of all distinction between served spaces and servant; both floors are designed as open-plan spaces, where various uses (reception, reading areas, shelves, aisles) are blended together liberated in a single dynamic space.

© Fernando Alda 
© Fernando Alda 

The most remarkable element is the façade, a frontage that elegantly combines to address all the determining requirements. The design echoes two images drawn from memory (the existing modular bookstands and a set of stacked manholes on a nearby building site), which have been scaled up to the size and resistance of the precast concrete frames manufactured in a neighbouring village.

© Fernando Alda 
© Fernando Alda 

This gives rise to a thick, alternating blind-open façade which shapes views while catering to functional needs. In doing so, it covers at a stroke the requirements of the project as a whole: a load-bearing façade which houses bookshelves, affords protection from sunlight, projects the view towards the garden, and in general achieves a qualitative impact prompted by something more than a skin-deep frontage.

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Cite: "Biblioteca Antonio Gala / Francisco López + Gudula Rudolf" 20 Jun 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884
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