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2004 – 2007



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Mexico City

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Competition Team:
Alberto Kalach
Gustavo Lipkau
Juan Palomar
Tonatiuh Martínez

Project Team:
Alberto Kalach
Emmanuel Ramírez
Ignacio del Río
Tami Tamashiro
José Luis Reyes
Héctor Módica
Bolivar Garrido
Ivan Ramírez
Gabriel Ortiz
Roland Oberhofer
Paola Acevedo
Alejandro Castañeda

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Structural engineers
Martínez Romero – EMRSA

Specialist services
Jardín Botánico UNAM (botanical garden)

Interior Design
Adriana León – TAX

Vasconcelos Library Change this

Mexico City, Mexico
by Alberto Kalach Change this
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Vasconcelos Library was designed by Alberto Kalach. The project integrates the public library with a botanical garden. A 250 meter steel, concrete and glass structure surrounded by greenery and water.

The design is based in 4 fundamental considerations: Mexico City is one of the largest, most polluted and aggressive urban environments in the planet. Architect's believe that the planning of public funded buildings should always encourage the expansion of car-free open spaces and greenery./ The specific area where the project was built was a barren urban landscape./ The buildings and gardens generate a new pole of urban ecological regeneration that expands over a densely populated area./ The library is itself an attempt at reorganizing available human knowledge.

The Botanical Garden houses a comprehensive array of Mexico endemic flora. Culture and nature, often on opposing sides, form a unity in which the visitor can reconcile their co-existence. The reading areas offer the user an opportunity for experimenting direct contact with nature. All areas profit from natural lighting and ventilation. The library is a great ship that navigates through time enveloped in a garden that´s always itself and always new.



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