The new urban protagonist: the library
First post to show an example of excellence in architecture which is nice, functional and that upgrades the urban environment in which it is inserted so as it promises on paper, capable of becoming a reference point for culture, leisure and play of a city .
The building in question is the new library / media center “The Pertini” derived from the conversion of the existing elementary school.
It is precisely from the theme of redevelopment and changing the previous use that the project started, keeping the main facade which is crowned by a glass band that takes possession of the whole body building on the remaining fronts, making spaces completely permeable to daylight and being protagonist of the urban scene in the evening.
The building fits appropriatly within the urban fabric triggering a series of processes of redevelopment and reconnection between the pre-existing structures that have largely affected the complex of the new municipality.
In this way the centrality, not only urban but also social and civil, of the two buildings is valued and clearly appears the attitude of continuity pursued by the architects.
Nearby is located the Sports Hall which needs an intervention that would place it on the same level of attraction for the new library.
The former seat of the library was Villa Ghirlnda, a beautiful seventeenth century complex, which is also affected by the influence of renewal, becomes now the Museum of Contemporary Photography.
The Center is articulated on 3 levels above ground and two underground spaces in which are located several functions (library, media library, auditorium) that are well mixed between them transforming it into a veritable cultural center.
Inside the space is filled with light and marked by the rapid pace of white portals and the ascent to the upper floors takes place by a staircase which is in stark contrast with the white surfaces and it makes a show of itself in the atrium ceiling (to me it reminds the stairs of the Jewish Museum in Berlin made by Libeskind).
There are also many other details that show how much attention has been given to the facade to be preserved, the modes of interaction with what surrounds the building, the use of color effects, the choice of furnishings and their placement; to describe that is absolutely required a direct visit to this magnificent architecture.
The only flaw I found is the treatment of studio spaces in the basement: too aseptic. A large, white room underground with serried rows of tables and chairs. This is the last place in the world where I want to study!
I find lovely the study stations on the upper floors with city views.
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