Vilnius University Library by Paleko Arch Studija

Vilnius University Library

Vilnius University LibraryA relatively quiet and leafy location on the outskirts of Vilnius, the existing university campus is about to change significantly. In the coming years, a new cluster of educational facilities will emerge here.
Vilnius University LibraryThe library is located near the intersection of the main pedestrian path, and a new access road, and neighbourhood of the forest has inspired a spatial conception of the library, which includes cosy inside spaces and their linkage with nature.
Vilnius University LibraryAn intimate amphitheatre-plaza welcomes visitors upon arrival, and a glazed entrance hall is a continuation of the plaza space, which has a concrete floor and terracotta facades.
Vilnius University LibraryThe ground floor, which functions as a central circulation space, also includes a conference hall, cafeteria, and a reading room with an open-air terrace.
Vilnius University LibraryFurther inside, one enters reading rooms located on several floors which are connected by an atrium, focusing on the forest view. Two glazed facades face the woodland, and illuminate the trees at night.
Vilnius University LibraryThese spaces are diverse and easily transformed. During the daytime, the trees are sunlit and become a visual part of the décor.
Inside the interior, white shading dominates, and exposes books as well as students.
Vilnius University LibraryThe architects in charge of the project, ‘Paleko Arch Studija’, believe that the library should radiate an emotional charge, because it is a place of non-material creativity, and spirituality.
Vilnius University LibraryThey have chosen the scenery of expressively and unpredictably varying silhouettes as the main architectural language.
Vilnius University LibraryThe volumes are clad with white terracotta elements, and the facades are arranged so that all joints and gaps are horizontal, so that they run parallel around the building despite differing angles of surfaces.
Vilnius University LibraryRooms are ventilated naturally via window openings, and solid south-side partitions shield students and books from direct sunlight and overheating.
Vilnius University LibraryLocation: Vilnius, Lithuania
Architects: Paleko Arch Studija
Architect In Charge: Rolandas palekas, Bartas Puzonas, Alma Palekiene, Petras Isora, Matas Siupsinskas, Monika Zemlickaite, Lina Suziedelyte, Aidas Barzda, Jurga Garsvaite, Vilmantas Bavarskis
Area: 13,800 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Raimondas Urbakavicius
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