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AZPA: st martin library in italy
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apr 27, 2013
AZPA: st martin library in italy


‘st martin library’ by AZPA, passiria, italy
image © AZPA

 

 

 

in the small mountain town of passiria the contemporary ‘st martin library’ by international firm AZPA negotiates a language respecting the surrounding
heritage at the same time establishing itself as a contemporary facility containing a global scale of information. a pitched roof and wooden construction
relate to the vernacular of the site but exhibit a radically different application than that of its aging neighbors. the exposed angled timber beams that make
up the facade structure mirror the same characteristics found in the alpine residences. the entry level contains the reception, info point and book return area,
connected to a space dedicated to multimedia installations that are also visible from the street. flexible work spaces with movable dividing walls are found
in the ‘laboratory’ section also on the ground floor, visually and acoustically independent of the rest of the library. the first floor contains the bookshelves,
reading rooms, and a private conference room enjoying views of the east side of the valley. the top floor, being one of the highest in the town, contains a coffee
shop and rooftop terraces suitable for exterior lecture spaces or simply used as lookout points to admire the rooftops fading into the mountainside. the basement
in turn services the rest of the building with technical rooms, bathroom and dressing rooms, cloakroom, and archive, arranged so that the program
requiring direct access to natural light and air are arranged on the eastern side, taking advantage of the site’s natural slope.  

 

 


view from the street
image © AZPA

 

 


characteristic timber facade
image © AZPA

 

 


library interior
image © AZPA

 

 


site
image © AZPA

 

 

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