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New public library

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Alterstudio Partners
location Melzo
function archive, library
contributed by Alterstudio-Partners

The intent is to build a home for readers rather than for books: a meeting place for all citizens in the historical centre of Melzo, a small town near Milan. The library, realised in exchange for a deduction in urbanisation costs for the creation of a residential complex, is strategically located with respect to the city and its other functions (historical centre, schools, a centre for the elderly). Urban planning and typological constraints are re-interpreted using split levels, wide windows opening on to inner courtyards, sheet-zinc which encases the whole building, forming the roof and the façade. On one side, the library overlooks an inner courtyard crossed by a pedestrian and cycle path, and on the other side, Via Agnese Pasta and the parvis of the Church of S. Andrea, the latter hosting an exhibition area. The flooring materials and design further highlight the continuity between indoors and outdoors. The entrance area has been conceived as a town and community lounge.

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New public library
Via Agnese Pasta 43
Project is public!
Completion 1- 2014
Floor area/size 2050 m2
Cost € 3248000,-
ArchitectAlterstudio Partners
project managerSERVET
structural engineerSERVET
Client Municipality of Melzo
Project ID 12663
Latitude/Longitude 45°29'57N 09°25'34E
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