How could libraries be transformed into open information spaces?
My thesis project at the Angewandte explores a thick integral structural facade for a contemporary library in downtown Budapest. The program is twofold, on one hand it reinvents the operation of a library and its relationship to physical content, and on the other it shifts the usage of the library to a more open, urban and event space direction. The facade system combines the potential of structure, circulation, visual effect, envelope, and also creates smaller divisions: interior pockets and exterior terraces. The major components of this thick skin are the two interweaving layers constructed of bent contour lines and straight stiffening members. Structurally it works as a constant transition between a classic diagrid and a space truss. Due to the sophisticated control system the skin provides a gradient change in porosity across the façade and controls the amount of light reaching the interior spaces.
focus: urban gateway, thick structural facade
location: Budapest, Hungary
building area: 8,000 sqm
program: public library
date: 2007/08 summer term in Studio Lynn, Angewandte, Vienna
This project was exhibited on the 2nd Beijing Architectural Biennale.