The Garca Mrquez Library in Barcelona: the most effective rising work in Europe, regardless of the tiktokers | EUROtoday

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All the nice and unhealthy that may be mentioned in regards to the Barcelona 2024 may very well be defined with Gabriel Garca Mrquez Library of Treball Street, chosen yesterday by the EU Mies Van der Rohe Contemporary Architecture Prize as the most effective work by rising authors from throughout Europe. The day we opened was unforgettable. People informed us that that they had been ready for one thing like this for years., who was higher off within the library than of their houses, says Guillermo Sevillano, an architect from Madrid and co-author of the library together with his associate, Elena Orte. It was a second of euphoria. There had been the grandparents and the grandchildren… A girl informed us that this was her palace. Then the library started to appear within the media and appeal to individuals. We know that buses of Japanese vacationers come and that there are tiktokers and instagramers making their movies. Sometimes, tensions are created by this extra of success. The final time I went, I noticed a pair holding palms studying on the photocopier. It is a pleasant room, with gentle, however there are extra snug locations designed for them.

The phrases extra of success are those that resonate probably the most. The García Márquez Library is the second consecutive Barcelona undertaking to obtain the EU-Mies Van der Rohe Award, after the La Borda housing cooperative. La Borda is in Sants, in an outdated industrial neighborhood; The García Márquez Library is in Sant Mart, on the different aspect of the town, though the panorama just isn’t that completely different. On Treball Street there are, above all, social housing of developmentalism. It was not a spot of passage, nor picturesque nor enticing till now for anybody who was not rooted in it.

I suppose it was a spot of little significance, a secondary road in a neighborhood of outdated houses that demanded gear. I believe the latest ones had been 40 years outdated. The lot additionally had little footprint, there was no place, actually…That's why we created a quantity that will make room. Sevillano talks in regards to the gaps that generate hyperlinks and the way in which the constructing retreats from the bounds of its plot on Concilio de Trento Street. We reinterpreted the chamfer of the Ensanche in order that we generated a plaza. It's like an city front room.

Any architectural undertaking is a spot, a program and obtainable means and all the things has to suit. We already know the place in its complexity. The program additionally needed to be considered. A library just isn’t the identical because it was 25 years in the past. It is not a considerably solemn house for entry to information, as a result of that entry to information is easier now. Libraries have gotten civic facilities, additionally made for relationships and conferences. For this purpose, we deal with the interiors as areas of domesticity, says Sevillano.

Interior of the Garc Library

Interior of Garca Mrquez Library.JESS GRANADA

The Garca Mrquez Library is positioned close by stuffed with locations which can be like residing rooms and adjustments of scale that vary from the collected to the virtually monumental. The predominant materials is wooden, which along with being gentle and helpful in its CO2 emissions, has a tactile property that invitations you to socialize. Nobody touches metal the way in which they contact wooden, explains Sevillano. We stay in a time of disaster for public areas. What we are able to say about libraries and entry to information might be mentioned about squares, as a result of their operate is questioned by social networks. Our most urgent problem is to redefine individuals's relationships with the constructed world.

And the media? Was the library development a cheerful one? Were the positioning visits and negotiations with the businesses and the consumer simple? It was a really troublesome work, very painful. The pandemic caught us and we had been in Madrid, 700 kilometers away. Elena was the one who went to Barcelona probably the most and ended up exhausted. In actuality, development has grow to be very troublesome for the reason that 2008 disaster. Many corporations disappeared, it’s troublesome to seek out certified labor and work has grow to be inflationary. Unfortunately, the development corporations didn’t align with us as we might have preferred.

Interior of the Garc Library

Interior of Garca Mrquez Library.JESS GRANADA

Why? now we have spent 2,200 euros per sq. meter constructed and that’s low-cost for public works, explains Sevillano. Instead of renegotiating the award of the works with the property, the Barcelona City Council, the businesses needed to shave off the undertaking and disrespect the authority of the architects, who had been nonetheless of their thirties when the works started.

Two years in the past, when La Borda received the identical award that the García Márquez Library now receives, its authors spoke of structure as a collaborative, idealized and authorless reality. Now, it seems as a battle during which even success might be an excessive amount of success. Between one excessive and the opposite is all the things, there’s the world and there’s Barcelona.