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.
LIBRARY AND ENTITIES HOTEL in Barcelona, Spain by santamaria . arquitectes
January 7th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal
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The3.773 m²plot, is depressed in relation to the streets that configure it. The remaining part of the block is occupied by the Auditorium-Theatre and School of Music, located in a two storey building built in 2003.
The Cultural Center extension is concentrated in a 3 storey compact volume and it contains a public library on the ground floor, entities hotel in first and second floors, and theatre spaces extension on the second floor.
The new building is attached to the existing Auditorium-Theatre, leaving between them a courtyard which allows daylight to enter and it is also the visual relationship space between all parts of the building. The remaining part of the plot will be destined to public square.
The steep topography of the side streets means that the building remains half-buried, and that slope is used to create different access to each of the floor levels.
The access to the library, by the public square, divides the adults and the children’s library through a large triple-height hall that visually connects all the levels of the building.
On the ground floor, in relation to the courtyard and the square, there are the information and borrowing areas, magazines, music and Internet. On the first floor there are a training classroom and the general fund area, opened to a large longitudinal double-height space over the ground floor.
On the first floor, with own access from the side street, there is a multipurpose room and a training classroom, to be shared between the library and the entities hotel, another room and a small warehouse. On the second floor there are two small musical spaces, two more rooms, 6 offices for the entities and a warehouse.
In the second floor, the existing theatre additional spaces are expanded with new warehouse, a rehearsal room and a dressing room with bathroom inside. These new units also have a new access direct from the side street.
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