Begues, a small municipality located in Garraf Natural Park, near Barcelona, required a library, a community centre and a multipurpose theatre. The design process crystallized a chain of synergies among organizations, administrations, technicians, citizens and the place itself. The library aspired to be the main center of local information, which would guarantee the democratization of culture and knowledge, to be a center of social integration, promotion of reading, lifelong learning and self-learning and, at the same time, a leisure space. From an architectural point of view, two main ideas underpin the conception of the new facility: to generate a confluence “inner square” and to tune into the environment revitalizing the neighboring stream.
A three-in-one cultural facility that emphasises the landscape values of the site. A unified design is required for a building with three different purposes: a theatre for 350 audients, a 1.260m2 public library and a community centre with a great amount of different activities and services. The site, with a rather triangular shape, is a shore of the stream meander with a big old oak tree to be preserved than will name the Centre. Fully integrated into its surroundings, the center revalues a natural space with the landscape recovery of the Riera Fonda stream.
‘El Roure’ Community Center and ‘La Ginesta’ Library / Calderon-Folch-Sarsanedas Arquitectos.
El Roure Community Centre and La Ginesta Library: Begues, Spain.
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Nominee. EU Mies Van der Rohe Award2015
New Project Data
Calderon Folch Studio -Ignasi Arbeloa
Total Floor Area1,268 m2Floor Area Open to Public1,149 m2Shelving Capacity Open Stacks700 linear metersShelving Capacity Closed Stacks100 linear metersNumber of Staff4 FTETotal Seating Capacity170Group Study Rooms2Individual Study Rooms
Computer rooom for trainig, with 9 stations
“A” Energy Efficiency Certificate: very low energy impact.
The library is integrated in El Roure cultural and civic center