María Moliner Library

María Moliner Public Library



It is a very small public library placed in a small town in the surroundings of Madrid where the building should indicate its institutional character. The Library occupies mostly the whole lot in a single height. A concrete wall, form worked with metal mesh cast, surrounds the Library, completely closed towards the street. Natural light comes into the interior space by means of two great skylights built upon two open patios. These light metal prisms define the reading areas, one for children and the other one for adults and the rest of the interior is a continuous space open to the entrance. It is possible to come out to the patios to read. Grids of metal pillars define the structure and the ceilings are sound absorbent painted white. The interior plan of the sloped roof of the skylights is covered with panels of natural clear wood in order to give warmth to the interior space and can be seen from the outside emerging over the concrete walls.

Built | Commission | 1.005 sqm
Plaza del Perú 13
Velilla de San Antonio. Madrid
Arquitectura y Vivienda Award Comunidad de Madrid 2005
ENOR Architecture Award 2005
Architects: Ángela García de Paredes. Ignacio G. Pedrosa
Client: Local Government of Madrid
Management: Local Government of Madrid. Department of Culture
Collaborators: Eva M. Neila, Montserrat Domínguez, Javier Arpa, Sandra M. Neila
Consultants: GEA Geotecnia, Estructuras, Arquitecturas Structural and Mechanical Engineers
Technical control: Joaquín Riveiro
Contractor: Construcciones El Cuarto Morena S.L.
Photographs: Luis Asín

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