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Children Library

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Paula Santos
location Porto
function library
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This small pavilion located between the trees in the gardens of the Crystal Palace has two levels with a double height vestibule. The library appears as an "objet trouvé" in the nature, participating in this spontaneous environment. The volume resembles an old train wagon, lifted slightly off the ground turning it into a light and welcoming space. The used materials were chosen according to the environment, following the textures and colours of the nature. The structure and wall panels are made out of wood and the windows are sheets of transparent polycarbonate located at the height of the children with awesome views to the gardens. It's a building that fits perfectly in this natural environment.

Scozia says:
I looked all around the gardens for this project, and couldn't find it. I could not say for sure, but there was a hole in the ground in a similar looking location to the photos here, I think it may have been demolished.
St Andrews, United Kingdom 15-Feb-10
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Children Library
Rua de Entre Quintas
Project is public!
Opening hours Monday: 14.00-18.00 Tuesday-Saturday: 10.00-18.00
How to get there? It's located in the gardens of the Crystal Palace. You need to search and follow the signs "Biblioteca Infantil" to reach it.
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Completion 1997
ArchitectPaula Santos
Client Câmar Municipal do Porto
Project ID 1311
Latitude/Longitude 41°08'50N 08°37'39W
Contributed by Joao_Sousa
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