Zadar Library / SANGRAD architects and AVP_arhitekti

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Vedran Pedišić, (SANGRAD architects), Emil Špirić, Erick Velasco Farrera and Juan Jose Nunez Andrade (AVP_arhitekti) have submitted their competition proposal for the University of Zadar Library in Zagreb, Croatia. The project received was awarded with an honorable mention. Images of the proposal and the architect’s description after the break.

FINE ASSUMPTIONS The appearance of the composition is the primary visual phenomena. But yet to determine materiality, tactility, invoice, smoothness and roughness, the detailed distribution of surface, surface variations, plans, open, fullness and emptiness, the colors … some initial assumption is already there: it relies on visual approaches to the environment, the natural and artificial forms of tradition and cultural standards, the trends and beliefs. The library building is introverted, dignified and a typological highly ranked form.

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By itself, and because is located within a city where stone predominates, the project becomes a number of solid volumes, like a sculpture from Chillida.

The building is thus solid and closed on the exterior and opened within the inner space, through which the inside of the library comes diffuse and shadowy light. Essential visual settings are defined as rough materiality monochrome, external closed surfaces and the smoothness of glass, inner surfaces, all secondary visual art makes its way from the interior and is expressed as the inner light, the movements of people, colors, and order books on the shelves.

MATERIALS Material is mostly reinforced concrete, a material of the outer lining is a cornerstone in the form of vertical slabs that encapsulates the basic structures (external walls), and glass surfaces oriented mainly towards the north or shaded inner region.

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CONCEPT OF FUNCTIONAL GROUPS Libraries project proposes, therefore, the protocol established basic scheme. The ground floor are set complementary facilities, the main entrance to the library and the secondary entrances plus various components of the Library (administration, system support, treatment services), and the entrances and exits from the garage. On the first floor are arranged four main functional units: - Library administrators - Collection of open access - Closed circuit repository - Spaces for teaching On the second, third and fourth floor are arranged, to house the consulting areas, each of which have the option of flexible rearranging spaces. In the basement are allocated 135 garage parking spaces.

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ORIENTATION Orientation certain rooms is determined by the known rules: storage of books, shelves, cabinets, compacts. The reading area is illuminated the by diffuse light from the vertical glass openings that are oriented toward the north or shady, sun-protected areas. Rooms administration oriented towards the south with appropriate protection.

Architects: Vedran Pedišić, (SANGRAD architects), Emil Špirić, Erick Velasco Farrera and Juan Jose Nunez Andrade (AVP_arhitekti). Location: Zadar, Croatia. Owner/Client: Private Status: Competition entry, honourable mention Building Area: 13,500.00 m2 Images: AVP_arhitekti

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Cite: Hank Jarz. "Zadar Library / SANGRAD architects and AVP_arhitekti" 26 Oct 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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