timber frame encloses university library by rh+ architecture
photo by jean-michel andré
all images courtesy of rh+ architecure

 

 

 

positioned at the center of the university of guiana campus, rh+ architecture has developed a library building entirely enclosed within a timber lattice. the wooden frame allows the building to open up to the rest of the site, while a ‘gallery’, the peripheral space situated between the lattice and the concrete core of the building provides an additional area of congregation. located in cayenne, the capital of french guiana, the spacious design forms a a distinctive physical and social symbol for the region and its people.

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the wooden frame allows the building to open up to the rest of the site
photo by jean-michel andré

 

 

 

after passing through the gallery threshold, the library is reached through a double door entrance that opens towards an expansive foyer, containing a waiting area, a reception and bathrooms. it is then possible to directly access the lending desk, the press room or the temporary exhibitions gallery. two patios bring natural light into the core of the structure, connecting the public and private areas of the design. at the upper level, spaces are dedicated for individual consultation with work cubicles offering views of the large library floor below. additionally, an autonomous volume contains multimedia training facilities as well as an exhibition hall.

rh+ architecure university library in cayenne designboom
the peripheral space situated between the lattice and the concrete core provides an area of congregation
photo by jean-michel andré

 

 

 

protecting occupants from the region’s intense heat, the double-skin façade also increases visual comfort, minimizing glare and ensuring that diffused light spreads in a homogeneous manner. acoustically, a soundproof ceiling, and the insulation of flooring, ensures a calming and tranquil atmosphere. throughout the design, wide reception spaces and diverse reading and research zones provide open and engaging internal volumes.

rh+ architecure university library in cayenne designboom
the design forms a a distinctive physical and social symbol for the region and its people
photo by jean-michel andré

rh+ architecure university library in cayenne designboom
apertures of varying proportions are cut out of the concrete wall
photo by jean-michel andré

rh+ architecure university library in cayenne designboom
internally, diffused light spreads in a homogeneous manner
photo by jonathan cacchia

rh+ architecure university library in cayenne designboom
the open and brightly lit foyer
photo by jonathan cacchia

rh+ architecure university library in cayenne designboom
diverse reading and research zones provide engaging internal volumes
photo by jean-michel andré

rh+ architecure university library in cayenne designboom
the university library gently glows at night
photo by jean-michel andré

 

 

project info:

 

program: construction of a new university library
project owner: rectorat de guyane
location: cayenne, french guiana
net surface: 2,143 sqm
delivery: december, 2013

 

project team
architect representative: rh+ architecture
architect partner: ara – jocelin ho-tin-noé
in charge of the construction: anaïs durand
eng. structure: technopôle martinique / sodetec
eng. fluid: louis choulet
eng. hqe: solener
eng. acoustic: rémi raskin
eng. wood: sylva conseil
environmental certification: amazonian environmental quality
photography: jean-michel andré and jonathan cacchia