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
Pedro Matos Gameiro and Pedro Domingos
Paulo Dias, João Varela, Abilio Silva, Pedro Gonçalves, João Carlos Lopes, Raquel Pereira
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
Leonor Cheis - NPK, arquitectos paisagistas
Ana Cotrim - Tribato
2012 / 2016 - 2021
photography matos gameiro arquitectos, pedro domingos arquitectos rendering / model matos gameiro arquitectos