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University of Seville Library

  • Seville, Spain
  • 2006 – TBC
  • Universidad de Sevilla
  • Design
  • 10500m2

At the perimeter of ‘del Prado de San Sebastian’ park, our new building for the University of Seville emerges from its surroundings to form a stretched sculptural object – a 160m building housing library and resources which rises from the ground, fusing interior and exterior to create a series of inviting terraces.

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.




Zaha Hadid with Patrik Schumacher

Project Architect

Sophie Le Bienvenu, Sara Klomps,

Project Team

Loreto Flores, Edgar Payán, Keji Majekodunmi, Lourdes Sánchez, Tarek Shamma, Suzanne Berggren, Ben Holland

Competition Team

Sophie Le Bienvenu, Federico Dunkelberg, Tarek Shamma, Ebru Simsek, Fulvio Wirz, Mariagrazia Lanza, Miya Ushida

Local Architect

IDOM Sevilla

Facade & Coordination



IDOM Bilbao

Cost, Services, Sustainability

IDOM Sevilla