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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.

MUNICIPAL LIBRARY AND READING PARK in Murcia, Spain by Martin Lejarraga Architect

October 9th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Martin Lejarraga Architect

Design concept

The project comes out of the creation of a new topography that indexes and qualifies this zone of expansion in Torre Pacheco, on a plot of public equipments; a urban, cultural and enjoyment alternative for the citizens.

The folded plans of the area characterize the performance, in which both equipments that occupy the plot, Library and Park, adapt their relative position, creating new spaces protected from reception, communication and stay.

Night View (Access from E), Image Courtesy © David Frutos

  • Architects: Martin Lejarraga Architect
  • Location: Murcia, Spain
  • Photography: David Frutos
  • GENERAL BUDGET: 2.460.000 €
  • CLIENT:  Ayuntamiento de Torre Pacheco
  • START OF PLANNING project:  april 2005 – july 2005

Library inauguration, Image Courtesy © David Frutos

  • PROJECT TEAM-collaborators- Office: Julián Lloret, Daniel Ruiz (architects), Simón Jiménez, Mar Melgarejo, Manu Amate, (students of architecture)
  • On site: Policarpo Sánchez (technical architect), Claudia Montoya (architect)
  • General consultor= ACE Edificación, (Mariano Alegría, José Ibeas, Pedro Ruiz)
  • GENERAL CONSTRUCTOR: CTP – Construcciones Torre Pacheco -
  • SITE AREA: 18.500 m2
  • BUILT-UP AREA: 2.475 m2


  • Urban Intervetion Award Berlin 2010. Prize.
  • European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture Mies van der Rohe Award 2009. ‘short selected’
  • SIMA cities 08. Redifinig Public Spaces Award. Prize.
  • IVX Region Murcia Arqchitecture Awards.’ Prize.

West areas Park. Dryness fragrant plants, Sports (bottom), Image Courtesy © David Frutos

I believe that the real value of the projects relies in what we are not asked for; in this case, in completing   the built program with an open air park, that takes advantage of the special conditions of the environmental (Mediterranean, very soft) and  social (of exchange and multiethnic relation) climate of a prosperous and growing city such as this. And with it proposing new ways of approaching and staying in the public buildings and of appropriating of the public space.

Lecture park (over library), Image Courtesy © David Frutos

The possible and desirable open relationship of compatibility, optimization of spaces and services, between the new building and the surrounding ground, generates a wide disposition of different general areas of common use between both of them( library, public hall, meeting rooms, etc..) and urbanized spaces (sports courts, greenhouses, gardens, playing areas, swings, etc …) that widen the real used and enjoyed space for the entire city.

The use program and its built associated volumes is completed with an art gallery for exhibitions, with an independent Access, the only space that heads over the general topography of the projected plot.

Night View _ In&Out, Image Courtesy © David Frutos

Park of dunes, Image Courtesy © David Frutos

View from inside, Image Courtesy © David Frutos

Up to date room, Image Courtesy © David Frutos

View children room and children court, Image Courtesy © David Frutos

Arial view, Image Courtesy © David Frutos

Image Courtesy © Martin Lejarraga Architect

Image Courtesy © Martin Lejarraga Architect

Image Courtesy © Martin Lejarraga Architect

Image Courtesy © Martin Lejarraga Architect

Image Courtesy © Martin Lejarraga Architect

Image Courtesy © Martin Lejarraga Architect

Image Courtesy © Martin Lejarraga Architect

Image Courtesy © Martin Lejarraga Architect

Image Courtesy © Martin Lejarraga Architect

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