The library located in two bays at the north side of the north-west patio at La Ciudadela. It was created to place the Antonio Castro Leal’s personal library, it was projected a transparent area in which the bookcases are attached on the walls to full height, these vertical elements in dark wood make the contrast with horizontal planes (floors) in light wood and translucent glass, so too the furniture in white. Despite the open space, one can distinguish four different areas: the reception, the teamwork area, personal reading area and the research area.
The modular solution for each component responds to the placement of structural metal beams on the Catalan ceiling of the original building and the hallways are suspended from these elements by a light and thin stainless steel rounds. The railings are continuous and articulated in the changes of direction and ends. Each bookcase panel has on its edge a continuous band from leeds that illuminates each book and they seem as vibrate in space.
The simple and modular bookcases complemented with especial details of ironwork railings and the tables and chairs designed specifically for this space. An integral solution from industrial design to architecture took as reference the Castro Leal’s personal library at his home at Coyoacan. The result is an easily visual comprehension and homely to visitors.Location: Mexico City, Mexico
Architects: BGP Arquitectura | Bernardo Gómez-Pimienta, Luis Enrique Mendoza
Design Team: José Barreto, Christian Santillano, Ivan Rey Martínez, Alejandra Aguirre, Edgar González, Mariana Ruíz, Homero González, Raymundo Alonso, Karla Garza, Sergio López, Ramón Álvarez Project name: Antonio Castro Leal Library
Art Collaborator: Alejandra Zermeño
Photography: Jaime Navarro
Design year: 2011
Construction year: 2011
Intervention area: 528 m2
Constructor: CAV Diseño e Ingeniería, S. A. de C. V.
Lighting: Luz en Arquitectura, S.C.
Supervision: Sitios y Monumentos del Patrimonio Cultural del CONACULTA (gubernamental agency)
Structure: Izquierdo Ingenieros Asociados, S.C.
Engineering: Diseños Integrales de Ingeniería, S.A. de C.V.
Graphic Design and Museography: Varela + Kimura
Model: Ramón Álvarez
Virtual model: Erik Barrón
Specifications: - All stainless steel structure was customized
- Restored historic windows
- Security arch by 3M
- Working tables, low tables and armchairs by BGP Arquitectura
- Eames chairs by Vitra
- Tolomeo lamps by Artemide
Awards: 2012 National Interior AMDI Awards, fist prize, institutional category