NEW JALISCO STATE LIBRARY
INTERNATIONAL IDEAS COMPETITION
Location: Guadalajara, Mexico
Area: 41.000 sq.m.
Y. Liakatas and A. Pechlivanidou-Liakata
The New Jalisco State Library International Ideas Competition aimed at designing a new
public library, while at the same time connecting it with the new Cultural Centre. The
proposal aimed at signifying the new library building as a “gateway” for the new
development area in Guadalajara, Mexico. The building programme, apart from the basic
and supportive library spaces, demanded other functions as well, such as an amphitheater,
lecture and projection rooms, retail spaces etc. All the library spaces are situated
at the higher levels, so that public space was formed at ground level. In this way,
the spaces designed for special collections, as well as the administration spaces
are separated from the main library by a vertical volume, which also defines book
distribution and visitor movement.
Energy conservation was an important aspect
of the design strategy for the building. Natural methods keep the building comfortable
for considerable parts of the year, with the double skin glazing increasing the
periods in which natural ventilation operates annually, while improving the library
acoustic conditions both in naturally ventilating and sealed modes.