Biblioteca Sandro Penna
What generally turns people away from libraries is the 'character' of the buildings that contain these spaces, frequently evoking an idea of separation, of exclusivity and often a dusty and melancholic idea of literature. By contrast, Italo Rota's Perugian library, which takes the shape of a large disc, presents itself as a foreign object, though a gentle and delicate one: it is similar to the optimistic 1980s vision of the extra-terrestrial ET. Its form and use of colour, its transparency during the daytime, and the light it emits at night create a new landscape. The interior spaces are agreeably informal and relaxed. They are silent, thanks to the particular attention paid to sound-proofing; luminous, thanks to the skilful mixing of natural and artificial illumination and the use of a light-coloured flooring; and colourful, thanks to the pink glass, the sofas that populate the interior spaces and the furnishings in the children's section, all creating a special environment.