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BUILDING
 
 
Biblioteca Ladera - León de Greiff
Ladera Library
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DESIGNER
 
 
El Equipo Mazzanti
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DESCRIPTION
 
The aim is to establish a project that enables the largest amount of urban connections and the development of public spaces. To achieve this, there were several proposals such as enabling the roof of the building as public space, empowering meeting places and developing view-points which overlook the city.

Giancarlo Mazzanti Bibioteca Ladera Medellin
Zonal Equipment
Management Strategy
Giancarlo Mazzanti Bibioteca Ladera MedellinThe model allows the employment of public facilities as small open spaced theatres, view-points, small plazas and sport fields when placing them on the rooftop, leaving plain borders as vacuums inside the lot and thus enabling their external use.

We propose a management program between the EDU and the Culture Secretariat called “Film, Music and Theatre in my quarter”. This will allow the use of the above mentioned roofing as auditoriums so that every two weeks a cultural show can be taken to each quarter.

Giancarlo Mazzanti Bibioteca Ladera MedellinThe place presents itself as a green viewing-point and a territory of connections between the lower and upper areas of the neighborhood, which are actually used as areas for sport activities. The project we propose will redefine the existing paths and empower the creation of shaded plazas on the library’s rooftop. As a result, it will not only multiply the connections because the building will be an obliged path, but it will create more and more events as people intertwine in the public spaces provided around the library. More than a transformation, we want to re-interpret the space so that it can be recreated into a symbolic place for the city.

The project consists of a system formed by three contained, rotated and squared modules that turn, adapting themselves to the landscape and the view and one curved module that unites and relates the other modules and that furthermore allows other uses. The project is a landscape that gives the urban geography continuity through the paths and the building of public spaces on the rooftop, a landscape constituted by paths, theatres or inclined plazas, a spatial network with connection multiplicity and meeting points.
Program
Giancarlo Mazzanti Bibioteca Ladera MedellinCONTAINER 1COMMUNITY CENTER
User: individuals and groups.
Time: 24 hours. Multiple Halls (quarter meetings), my quarter, gymnasium, sieve, technical substation (optimizing the land cut left by housing).

CONTAINER 2LIBRARY
User: individual.
Time: From 8am to 8pm. Foyer, reception, catalogue, collection, reading rooms, navigation centers.

CONTAINER 3CULTURAL CENTER
User: Organized groups.
Time: Scheduled events. Auditorium, workshops.

CURVED CONTAINER
24 hours.
Can be used as support. Exposition rooms (as obliged paths for all users), cafeteria, management, bathrooms, daycare centres (will be used as kindergardens 24 hours).
Credits
Images and text © Giancarlo Mazzanti Arquitectos
Courtesy by Giancarlo Mazzanti Arquitectos

Giancarlo Mazzanti Bibioteca Ladera Medellin



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MATERIALS
 
reinforced concrete

Giancarlo Mazzanti Bibioteca Ladera MedellinEach container module is structurally independent from the curved connector. Modules are conformed by screens in the ends to compensate the projection afore mentioned and in the center there are 2 axes of rectangular columns in concrete. The connector is proposed in a network of metallic columns filled with concrete and a retaining wall in stone gabion and concrete in the rear part.

Vinyl floors in different colors and shapes delimiting pedagogic areas. Visible roofing in white concrete with inferior cake and wooden panels in 5 cm planks. White antique concrete walls. Crystal plates in sandwich with colored resin on the inside to mark and provide some color to the pedagogic areas. The mobile panels of the façade in folded cool rolled planks and curved borders with elements in teka wood.

Following this, the Container Module 1 is thought to have 3 floors, using the tilt of 12 meters left by housing.

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ECO-SUSTAINABILITY'
 
Giancarlo Mazzanti Bibioteca Ladera MedellinCirculation systems cross air through the mentioned patios, which allow cold air to displace hot air. We propose the emplyment of natural air cooling systems, nurturing the inside of the library with fresh air. In addition to this, we want mobile blinds to cover the windows that face the sunset so that the effect of sunlight can be minimized.

On top of the roof view-points we propose planting trees to provide shadow.
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LOCATION
 
Continent
South America
Nation
Colombia
District
Antioquia
Province
Area Metropolitana de Medellín
Town
Medellín
Address
Calle 59A # 36-30 - Sector La Ladera - Zona Centroriental
 
 
Telephone
+57.(574).385.73.33
Website
E-mail
sistemabibliotecas@bibliotecapiloto.gov.co
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TYPOLOGY
 
Main
ARCHITECTURE
Buildings for cultural activities
Libraries and media libraries
Additional
ARCHITECTURE
Buildings for cultural activities
Art galleries and exhibition areas
Education buildings
Children's museums and pedagogical spaces
Information centres and areas
Commercial buildings
Bars, cafeterias
Urban equipment and structures for public areas
Structures for public areas
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CHRONOLOGY
 
Project
2005 - 2006    
Realisation
2006 - 2007
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BIBILIOGRAPHIC REFERENCES
 
 
Giancarlo Mazzanti, "Saved by the Books", Domus 916, luglio-agosto/july-august 2008, "Architettura/Architecture" pp. 77-84
Sergio Fajardo, "A Real Utopia", Domus 916, luglio-agosto/july-august 2008, "Architettura/Architecture" p. 84 (77-84)
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CLIENT
 
 
Alcaldía de Medellín
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AMOUNT
 
 
€ 3.600.000
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DIMENSIONAL
DATA
 
Surface
site sq. m. 10.380
gross floor sq. m. 4.200
footprint sq. m. 4.800
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STRUCTURES
 
 
Sergio Tobón, Alberto Aschner
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STAFF
 
Project
Giancarlo Mazzanti Arquitectos
Design team
Andrés Sarmiento, Juan Manuel Gil, Fredy Pantoja, Pedro Saa, Gustavo Vásquez Iván Ucros, Camilo Mora, Alejandro Piña
Construction management
Porticos and Aia
 
 
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