PROVINCIAL PUBLIC LIBRARY
LOCATION BARCELONA, SPAIN DEVELOPER MINISTERI DE CULTURA DEL GOVERN ESPANYOL AREA 21.818 M2 BUDGET 37.400.000EUR YEAR 2010
The new Provincial Library in Barcelona is located between the great França train station building, now not in use, and the Ciutadella Park, Barcelona’s largest, on an oddly shaped plot. Our design reflects this situation as is, completely building the perimeter of the site as a built boundary creating the volume of the building, which takes its maximum height from the adjacent station and totally opens towards the park. Inside, we maximize the perception of the maximum length of the site to provide the highest public signification of this institutional building in this relatively narrow plot.
The pieces of the program are placed along the longitudinal axis in a very clear pattern: in the central part of the plan we place the small and closed-up program (auditorium, study booths, small reading spaces, vertical communications and facilities), within structural cores; and on both sides of this central spine, in contact with the glassed, long façades of the building, the open program in a continuous, uninterrupted space.
The structural system of the project correlates directly to this functional disposition, and is an evolution of the system we have successfully used at Diagonal ZeroZero Tower. It consists of a perimeter structure at the boundary of the site, made of very slender steel columns, and bearing inner cores formed by reinforced concrete walls. The prestressed slabs are equipped with the facilities and allow a free and flexible arrangement of furniture and elements of the program.
EMBA ENRIC MASSIP-BOSCH, PRINCIPAL; ALEIX ANTILLACH (PROJECT DIRECTORS); JULIANA BRACCHI, INMA RODRÍGUEZ, LAURA GÓMEZ (ARCHITECTS) MODELS EMBA_ELOI HORTONEDA RENDERS ALEX AYLLON