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The library was conceived as part of a cultural corridor Master Plan in the town of Tocancipá, Colombia, located in a region previously populated by the Muisca tribe, one of the first pre-hispanic civilizations of the country and some of the earliest settlers of the American continent (their existence has been traced up to 12.500 years ago). This design pretends to reaffirm the latent historical memory and must resist the incessant reformulation of knowledge paradigms, as rocks have done throughout history. Two separate monolithical bars, oriented over the east-west axis and connected through the stairs, contain the Reading and reference rooms, an auditorium, a children´s room, a computer room, a cafetería and office spaces. The ground floor is open and its purpose is to serve as a public square that merges with the access to the library, connecting the community with the building. A large, double-heighted picture window captures the light from the north and, at the same time, reveals the inside activities and the knowledge contained within its walls, sharing it with the town and focusing on the reading room which is suspended within the volume. View more View full description
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