Balanced books: Community Library in La Molina by Gonzalez Moix Arquitectura
Client: Municipality of La Molina
Architects: Gonzalez Moix Arquitectura
Location: La Molina 15024, Lima (PE)
The interior of the longitudinal building is divided up by columns in exposed concrete, set at a distance that corresponds to the width of the tables, and thus not only introduces an exterior design feature to the inside but also continues an interior design feature outside. The regular positioning of the columns on the façade is somewhat reminiscent of a row of books, disrupted however by two columns leaning to one side to signalise the library entrance, as the architects explain. Two cubes clad in indigenous wood form the ends of the building, lending it a warm feel.
The Community Library in La Molina was completed after an eight-year design and construction period involving a continual consultation process with the municipality and its inhabitants. This municipal exchange is to continue even now that the library has opened.