plus office architects clads sustainable library completely with golden panels in belgium
plus office architects clads sustainable library completely with golden panels in belgium
nov 01, 2015

plus office architects clads sustainable library completely with golden panels in belgium

plus office architects clads sustainable library in golden shimmering panels in belgium
all images by filip dujardin




in the woluwe-saint-pierre municipal in belgium, plus office architects have designed the country’s first passive house library. setting a new standard for environmentally and energy efficient public structures, the distinctive building is recognized by its shimmering gold cladding.  

golden library brussels by plus office architects
the building is the first passive house library in belgium




the library operates as the front of a school campus, while linking the educational facilities to the neighborhood and its residents. seen from afar, the building nestles in-between a wooded area among a residential area. wrapped completely in golden metal panels, the design has historic references to the golden letters seen on old manuscripts dating back to the middle ages. the façade was chosen to reflect its surroundings while radiating a golden glow which is framed by its green context.

golden library brussels by plus office architects
its golden façade references literature dating back to the middle ages




internally, the spatial organization follows a grid which has influenced the layout of shelving and even the rhythm of windows. promoted as a welcoming space for exchanging ideas and dialogue, the interiors have been kept neutral and functional – more modest than its exterior – with generous area and circulation due to the evolution of the relationship between technology and libraries.
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the design stands out yet blends with the woodland surroundings



central to the plan is the patio garden that regulates the heat and daylight needed for building energy consumption and allows for outdoor reading. achieving the ‘passive house’ construction standard, the extremely low energy consumption is due to energy features such as the use of a heat pump, photovoltaic panels and heavy insulation.
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the building stands out as a public program in the green garden district of the inner suburb
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close-up of the golden metal paneling
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the rhythm of the windows follows a grid reflecting the spacing of the shelving units
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the interior wraps around a central courtyard
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a courtyard lets visitors read outside
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large windows invites natural light into the book areas
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