Conceived as a continuous volume, our new building for the University of Seville emerges from the surrounding natural landscape of the ‘del Prado de San Sebastian’ park, expanding longitudinally and progressively rising from soft material into a stretched sculptural object.
The 160m long floating library is lifted off the ground by three structures, which extend to a form a shallow plinth – allowing the introduction of landscape at entrance level and producing terraces for public use. The creation of this ‘transitory’ area attracts and invites visitors into the building and the cultural, educational and entertainment activities it facilitates. the library becomes a powerful attractor, not only for park visitors but for the 3300 researchers who use the new library and interactive resources centre.
Our design scheme projects a monolithic piece, twisting along its shape to create different kinks before reaching a façade created from inclined triangular planes. A half-basement podium, appearing above street level, houses all storage spaces, workshop, parking and plant rooms.
Users access the building through gardens and three hubs, containing common zones, reception, conference room, exhibition room and cafeteria. A striking kink defines the longitudinal structure’s centre point, while its triple-height reception hall becomes the building’s hub, distributing channels towards the buildings two wings on each level.
The first floor houses scientific information and assistance ‘zones’, the second floor contains reference and study zones, including a lecture space which can seat 600 people. The central atrium, illuminated by a north-south running skylight, provides space to house up to 20000 books and journals.