Vasconcelos Library / Alberto Kalach

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  • Architects: Alberto Kalach
  • Competition Team: Alberto Kalach, Gustavo Lipkau, Juan Palomar, Tonatiuh Martínez
  • Structural Design: Enrique Arriaga
  • Project Team: Alberto Kalach, Emmanuel Ramírez, Ignacio del Río, Tami Tamashiro, José Luis Reyes, Héctor Módica, Bolivar Garrido, Ivan Ramírez, Gabriel Ortiz, Roland Oberhofer, Paola Acevedo, Alejandro Castañeda
  • Client: CONACULTA
  • Country: Mexico
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Vasconcelos Library / Alberto Kalach - Garden
© Iñigo Bujedo Aguirre

The project integrates the public library with a botanical garden. A 250 meter steel, concrete and glass structure surrounded by greenery and water.

Vasconcelos Library / Alberto Kalach - Windows, Facade
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The design is based in four fundamental considerations :

Mexico City is one of the largest, most polluted and agresive urban environments in the planet. We believe that the planning of public funded buildings should always encourage the expansion of car-free open spaces and greenery

Vasconcelos Library / Alberto Kalach - Image 11 of 19
© Maria Gonzalez

The specific area where the project was built was a barren urban landscape

The buildings and gardens generate a new pole of urban ecological regeneration that expands over a densely populated area

The library is itself an attempt at reorganizing available human knowledge

Vasconcelos Library / Alberto Kalach - Beam
© Iñigo Bujedo Aguirre

The Botanical Garden houses a comprehensive array of Mexicos endemic flora. Culture and nature, often on opposing sides, form a unity in which the visitor can reconcile their co-existence. The reading areas offer the user an opportunity for experimenting direct contact with nature. All areas profit from natural lighting and ventilation.

Vasconcelos Library / Alberto Kalach - Interior Photography
© Maria Gonzalez

The library is a great ship that navigates through time enveloped in a garden that´s always itself and always new.

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Project location

Address:And., Valle de Aragón 1ra Sección, Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl, State of Mexico, Mexico

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Cite: "Vasconcelos Library / Alberto Kalach" 27 Dec 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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