PARTICIPATORY LIBRARY IN MADRID
The Las Tablas Municipal Library is a net-zero, highly dynamic building that can be designed through a participatory process, and transformed in time. To achieve this goal, the main strategy consists in dividing the program into independent volumes, which are then deployed around a patio. In the possible organization that is presented, the patio level contains the uses that are more dynamic and that require easier access from the street, such as the areas for children and teens, and the consultation areas. The second level houses, in turn, the reading rooms, workshops, and study spaces.
The constructive system manages solar control and ventilation while it triggers the building’s aesthetic solutions. The building facade combines ceramic, white bricks, and locally sourced materials. The skin alternates transparent, opaque, and open areas to calibrate the relationship between interior and exterior spaces, promoting a lively center for the local community while allowing different levels of quietness and activity for the library spaces.