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Wednesday, October 24, 2018
08/12/2017

Oliveras Boix, Montbau Library in Barcelona

 
Located at the foot of Collserola mountain, the Montbau-Albert Pérez Baró Library was created in the 1980s as a people’s library, for use by members of the community, and underwent a progressive degradation that finally made a thorough fixing and expansion necessary. The project eventually included the construction of a complementary shed, aside from the refurbishment of the original structure and the recovery of its modest physiognomy, freeing it of additions accumulated in the course of the years, especially the interior partitions. For its part, the new pavilion rests on a metal structure that follows the geometry of portal frames parallel to the original, and opens up to the exterior through two large windows located at the ends, which strike a contrast with the opacity of the lateral facades of brick and exposed reinforced concrete.

From an organizational perspective, the changes in the access and interior layout have made it possible for the library to adopt a clearer, spine-like scheme, with a central corridor connecting the spaces while  providing a vertebra for the facilities. The refurbishment is not only functional and material. It also addresses energy issues: the properties of the enclosure are improved, the building services are fully updated, and passive environmental strategies have been applied.
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