Municipal Library, Grândola

The new Municipal Library and Archives of Grândola are accessed through the cluster of palm trees that structures the new central square (Praça da República), epicentre that connects the city park (Jardim Municipal) in the southwest to the “Orange Tree Garden” (Jardim das Laranjeiras) on Rua Dr.Júlio do Rosário Costa in the east. 

With its scale, location and design, the new building has become a reference point, structuring the city and giving it character through its counterpoint with the urban continuum. Our concern has been to elucidate the building’s presence in the square, making it solid and identifiable, and to include it in the mesh of streets by creating a continuity between the yard formed by the square and the interior spaces of the building. We enter the library through a double-height cloister, which forms the main hall. All the spaces gravitate around this large open-air precinct, from where stairs lead up to a balcony overlooking the square.

INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION - 1st PRIZE

FAD 2022 AWARD - FINALIST (city and landscape)

the award cerimony will take place in Barcelona on June 14th, 2022

EU MIES AWARD 2022 - NOMINEE (architecture)

BIGMAT INTERNATIONAL ARCHITECTURE AWARD 2021 - SELECTED (architecture)

CONSTRUIR 21 PRIZE BEST PUBLIC BUILDING - AWARD (best public building)

ARCHDAILY AWARD 2022 - NOMINEE (architecture)

PORTUGUESE REAL ESTATE NATIONAL PRIZE - HONORABLE MENTION (collective and public buildings)

architecture

Pedro Matos Gameiro and Pedro Domingos

design team

Paulo Dias, João Varela, Abilio Silva, Pedro Gonçalves, João Carlos Lopes, Raquel Pereira

structures

Fernando Rodrigues - ARA, Alves Rodrigues & Associados

acoustic / HVAC air treatment / thermal conditioning 

Guilherme Carrilho da Graça - Natural Works

electrical engineering / fireproofing concept

Luis Mira - OHMSOR

hidraulics

João Guimarães

landscaping

Leonor Cheis - NPK, arquitectos paisagistas

quantities surveyor

Ana Cotrim - Tribato

project year

2012 / 2016 - 2021

photography matos gameiro arquitectos, pedro domingos arquitectos rendering / model matos gameiro arquitectos