The project, in short
The planimetric configuration of the building, arranged on one floor only, meets the primary requirement of rational organisation of the library and simultaneously encourages the creation of a public space providing the suggestion of a sheltered pedestrian path.
This informal way, generally traversed by people going between two dense parts of the city, has been incorporated into the building: in this way passers-by experience a different and original approach to library services, even just curiosity, and can overcome the typical threshold fear which usually dissuades people from entering institutional buildings.
The new building's meaning comes not from its architectural features; on the contrary its symbolic value lies in the way it relates to nature and to the surroundings. At the urban scale the architecture is half-hidden in greenery, only the coloured solar chimneys emerging. The library itself is a symbol: of knowledge, of awareness, of broad-mindedness, of the intelligent fruition of resources; a sort of monument to sustainability and to environmental respect. The library, built in laminated timber structure and straw-bale walls, making use of natural ventilation systems, meets the client's requirements of sustainability, of environmental respect, of energy-efficiency, of thermal and acoustic insulation, thus becoming its own symbol.