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Gwangju Library

Gwangju Metropolitan City

location

Gwangju Metropolitan City


project completion

2020


size

118,069 SF


type

Education


project budget

36.45 M


We envision libraries as culture generators and public cornerstones of civilization. The architecture of a library, in addition to providing a public service by addressing its program requirements, should also be a source of inspiration and awe.

The Main Library at Gwangju has been conceived as both, an efficient machine for learning and as a temple in which to celebrate culture and intellectual pursuits. The library will be an inspirational cauldron where knowledge is obtained, preserved, and shared.

The building is placed along the south border of the site acting as a programmatic backdrop to the rest of the Master Plan amenities. The site plan arrangement and the four story building form factor, allow for a large open space to be developed immediately north of the building creating a park resource between the old factory and the new library.

The library is accessed through a magnificent four story space which constitutes the heart of the project attempting to capture, through the use of scale, light and symbolic meaning, the significance of the building as a generator of culture. A large floating concrete dome which levitates over the space emphasizes the ethereal and transcendent nature of the space.

The main reading room is located east of the main entry and it is accessed through two large glass elevators. The library is acoustically sealed from the entry through two large concrete walls which isolate the library space. Visual continuity is achieved through the large oculi which connect the library to the entrance space and the cafeteria spaces beyond.

team

Toni Canellas

Luis Collado

Jose Luis de la Fuente

Ignacio Espigares

Gonzalo Rojas