Library in Ljubljana

Library in Ljubljana



The Library is planned as an open, clear and luminous space that floats over the Roman remains. It incorporates both the archaeological vestiges and the geometry of the traces of the contemporary Ljubljana. The four blocks of program are placed around a central void drawn over the Cardus and Decumanus and the resulting perimeter adapts to the current urban grid. This patio organizes the different parts of the Library, while a light skin wraps the ensemble. The gaps between the enveloping façade and the built areas define a series of vertical spaces that look towards the city. The final volumes have different heights, regarding the nearby constructions, and a common folded roof plan unifies them all. Thanks to a perimeter structure that permits the creation of large open areas, interiors are designed as flexible and versatile spaces where the structure rests on a sort of “cantilever tray” that protects the archaeological remains underneath.

Competition | Honorable mention in international competition | 17.000 sqm
Emonska cesta / Zoisova cesta
Architects: Ángela García de Paredes. Ignacio G. Pedrosa
Client: Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology
Collaborators Álvaro Rábano. Lucía Guadalajara. Clemens Eichner. Guiomar Martín. Blanca Leal. Roberto Lebrero

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