fabrica das palavras library connects city with waterfront in portugal
 
fabrica das palavras library connects city with waterfront in portugal
nov 12, 2015

fabrica das palavras library connects city with waterfront in portugal

fábrica das palavras library connects city with waterfront in portugal
all images © building pictures

 

 

 

located in vila franca de xira, portugal, and designed by miguel arruda, ‘fábrica das palavras’ is a public library that honores the old rice mill that existed previously in the same location. the design concept takes into consideration its previous industrial function and its geographical position situated along a riverfront and a railway. the result is a white building coated with a thermal insulation shell open to the community that connects the city to the waterfront through a metal bridge with transparent triangular shapes.

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a triangular glass side passes through all floors

 

 

 

the height and shape of the building reference the silos of the previously existing old rice mill factory and is composed of seven floors. each level is related to each other due to the openings between them and the glass façade that allows the visitor to get a complete and uninterrupted view of it inside and out. it has different seating areas to choose from, the reading zone, a working zone, a small auditorium, a cafeteria, exhibition room, and a big space for children.

 

interview with the architect miguel arruda

video © building pictures 

 

 

 

because of the library’s location is in between the waterfront and the railway, a bridge was constructed to cross the railway and reach the library. it also connects the city to the pedestrian paths that were created along the riverside, acting as one of the main compositional elements of the project. when crossed, the bridge doesn’t arrive directly into the library, but to a place where the visitor can choose to go inside or continue walking to the pedestrian riverside path.

fabrica das palavras library connects city with waterfront in portugal
the design concept took into consideration three aspects: riverfront location, the earlier fabric and adjacent railway

fabrica das palavras library connects city with waterfront in portugal
the result is a white building open to the community that connects the city to the waterfront

fabrica das palavras library connects city with waterfront in portugal
the height and shape of the building reference the silos of the previously existing old rice mill factory

fabrica das palavras library connects city with waterfront in portugal
a bridge was constructed to cross the railway and reach the library

fabrica das palavras library connects city with waterfront in portugal
the library is composed of reading areas, working zones, auditorium, exhibition room, and space for children

fabrica das palavras library connects city with waterfront in portugal
the seven floors that are related to each other

fabrica das palavras library connects city with waterfront in portugal
the expansive glazing naturally illuminate the whole building 

fabrica das palavras library connects city with waterfront in portugal
when crossed, the visitor can choose to go to the library of to the riverside path

fabrica das palavras library connects city with waterfront in portugal
pedestrian paths that were built along the riverside

 

 

 

designboom has received this project from our ‘DIY submissions‘ feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their own work for publication. see more project submissions from our readers here.

 

edited by: juliana neira | designboom

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