“Perhaps no place in any community is so totally democratic as the town library. The only entrance requirement is interest.” Lady Bird Johnson
The new London Public Library was conceived as a building able to create and establish physical and visual relationships with the place. It is a permeable building that overlooks and interacts with the main points of interest of the city. It is a place that attracts the interest of the citizens and every visitors, to anyone who wants to immerse themselves in a multidisciplinary and flexible space, an accessible building where exchange ideas and knowledge. The public space of the city penetrates inside the library area creating continuity between the main access from the street and the river area.
The building is composed of two volumes both related to existing constructions. One of these is completely raised from the ground in order to undermine the least possible of the park, the connections between the two volumes occurs by passages placed at different levels, these connections also serve as terraces in order to make the library an integral part of the park; a public space that twist and turn through all sections and levels of the building. The library presents itself as a glazed construction in order to create relationship between the two volumes ant the rest of the city, the interior is characterised as an open and flexible space able to adapt to all kinds of needs that may change over, that has been possible thanks to different double high and staggered spaces that make possible new visual and spatial relationship.
architects: Matteo Stambuk, Monica Molinari | client: Archmedium | status: Competition (2015) | competition: London Public Library | clasification: 3 rang | location: London, united kingdom (51.503905, -0.078996) | climate: Temperate, Oceanic / maritime | materials: concrete, glass | environment: Urban | visualizer: Studio | scale: large | types: education, library | views: 2.057