The new Public Library in Varna will challenge and critique the role of public building in contemporary society. Unlike traditional public building, which was allocated with monumental form, entrance and open space (Municipality Hall), the new Public Library is a mixture of those elements in an unique spatial and programmatic composition, fusing public space, cultural and educational program with the main book storage.
Rejecting the classical model of public building isolated in front of an empty square, the new library is conceived as a mixture between the two. New ground floor is permeable from all sides, replacing monumental entrance with urban porosity.
New public library is based on implantation of book storage as its central piece, its heart and its soul. Reading Area is organized in a series of thin floor planes, pushed to the transparent facade, proudly demonstrating function of the building. However, instead of stacked and discontinued floors, its planes are vertically manipulated to connect; thus forming a single trajectory of continuous programme - much like an interior street that winds its way through the entire building, wrapping and protecting the main core.
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