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NEW JALISCO STATE LIBRARY INTERNATIONAL IDEAS COMPETITION

Location: Guadalajara, Mexico
Year: 2005
Status: Completed
Area: 41.000 sq.m.
Team: 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.

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