Insightful library

5 Dec
copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Shining brightly

Happy Monday! Did you have a good weekend? Continuing with the evening shots that I am enjoying so much lately, today I thought I’d show you a funky building in the neighborhood. It’s a library that belongs to one of the faculties of the Blanquerna University, and can be found on Carrer Montalegre, on the corner of Carrer Valldonzella…

Let’s start with its plainest side (above), which faces a public basketball court much used by local residents. I’ve called it plain, but there is nothing dull about it, as it has a glass skin which lights up in the evening adding light to what otherwise would have been a rather dark space, and on ground level, is clear, and offers a view of the inside.

copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Corner view

The wall that faces Carrer Valldonzella is largely clear (with frosted glass at ground level) and offers a great view of what is inside the three floors of this funky building, as well as an indication of how it has been constructed.

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Insight

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Books

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Chairs

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Main entrance

At the front of the library, the wall is made of concrete, yet thanks to the braille-like perforations that have been used to decorate it, it appears to be light and not at all imposing, as often concrete facades can be. The openness of the ground floor, with its large windows and ample view of the inside, as well as the use of red as an accent colour, is very attractive, and the result is a building that looks inviting. This library belongs to the Communications faculty of the Blanquerna University, and in my opinion the way it has been designed certainly shows an inclination to communicate and relate with its surroundings.

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Auditorium

Beautiful shadows (above) are created thanks to the lighting that has been used, and this adds to the interest of what can been seen through its large windows, and the braille-like perforations (which I suspect are indeed braille dots) offer a peek inside of the upper floors. It makes me want to sign up for a course of studies there, so that I can go inside and check it out more closely! What do you think? Do you like it?

copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Braille?

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