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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Jose Luis Martinez Library in Mexico City, Mexico by Alejandro Sanchez Garcia Arquitectos

 
February 23rd, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Alejandro Sanchez Garcia Arquitectos

The Jose Luis Martinez Library is part of the Ciudadela: City of Books in Mexico City, a project that sought to restore and refurbish a 200 year-old cultural landmark. The main features include a theater, personal book collections and libraries, children’s libraries, and an exhibition gallery. The Ciudadela: City of Books is to be completed in 2013.

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  • Architects: Alejandro Sanchez Garcia Arquitectos
  • Project: Jose Luis Martinez Library
  • Location: Mexico City, Mexico
  • Contributors: Alejandro Sanchez Garcia (Arch.), Mariza Flores (Arch.), Alfredo Cortes (Arch.)
  • Area: 600 m2
  • Date: 2011
  • Status: Built

Image Courtesy Alejandro Sanchez Garcia Arquitectos

The Jose Luis Martínez Library is a conceptual replica of the diplomat’s house and studio, housing over 70,000 publications. The project reveals itself sequentially on the basis of two halls and a double-height mezzanine floor. A glass tower serves as a staircase and as a translucent exhibition space.

Image Courtesy Alejandro Sanchez Garcia Arquitectos

Both halls, connected at the perimeter and via both stairways, are lined in wood and bookshelves that run from floor to ceiling and generate a double reading in both vertical and horizontal directions. The steel structure, mounted on the wall, retains the essence of the original construction by omitting the ceiling. The project makes use of a low-energy consumption system and innovations in the climate control system for the preservation of the collections and the building itself.

Image Courtesy Alejandro Sanchez Garcia Arquitectos

Image Courtesy Alejandro Sanchez Garcia Arquitectos

Image Courtesy Alejandro Sanchez Garcia Arquitectos

Image Courtesy Alejandro Sanchez Garcia Arquitectos

Image Courtesy Alejandro Sanchez Garcia Arquitectos

Image Courtesy Alejandro Sanchez Garcia Arquitectos

Image Courtesy Alejandro Sanchez Garcia Arquitectos

Image Courtesy Alejandro Sanchez Garcia Arquitectos

Image Courtesy Alejandro Sanchez Garcia Arquitectos

Image Courtesy Alejandro Sanchez Garcia Arquitectos

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