An Italian Library That Floats on the Water

On the site of a former industrial warehouse, Andrea Maffei Architects (along with Arata Isozaki) have realized a new public library filled with light and bound by an undulating curtain wall. Before construction ever began, Maffei and Isozaki beat out 150 other teams for the opportunity to realize a new library for the city of Maranello, Italy. In their solution, a solid wall surrounds the perimeter of the site, and the plan looks not unlike someone has drawn a cloud or amoeba in a box. The library, itself, has a bright interior bound by curving glass walls. Between this glass wall and the solid site wall, a shallow pool of water surrounds most of the project, giving the impression of a serene interior. It doesn’t hurt that the interior of the project is mostly white.
An Italian Library That Floats on the Water An Italian Library That Floats on the Water An Italian Library That Floats on the Water

An Italian Library That Floats on the Water An Italian Library That Floats on the Water An Italian Library That Floats on the Water An Italian Library That Floats on the Water An Italian Library That Floats on the WaterAn Italian Library That Floats on the Water

 



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