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Usera Public Library

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Ábalos & Herreros, Ábalos Sentkiewicz Arquitectos, Herreros Arquitectos
location Madrid
function library
contributed by davidb

Sitting on a patch of high ground, the 'Biblioteca publica Jose Hierro' could be described as a castle for the safe keeping of books and other information. Upon entering, the first thing one encounters is a dramatic triple height entrance space, followed by the discovery that the the ground floor plan is actually quite extensive, and is not confined to the footprint of the tower above. A good way to experience the building is to take the lift up to the top floor and then walk back down the stairs. The plan of the tower is divided in a two-thirds/one-third split. There are several double height spaces occupying the larger portion, with mezzanine galleries - holding the toilets and quiet study rooms - forming the smaller part of the plan. Tall slit windows, arranged in an apparently random fashion, allow in natural light. The interior walls are covered in abstracted text in different colours. Structure is confined to the core and perimeter to leave a largely column-free interior.

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Usera Public Library
Avenida Rafaela Ybarra 43
Project is public!
Opening hours Mondays to Fridays 08.30 to 21.00 Saturdays, Sundays & holidays 11.00 to 19.00
How to get there? Nearest Metro station is Plaza Eliptica Line 6. Bus routes: 6, 47, 60 & 81
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Completion 2003
Floor area/size 3720 m2
Main designer, ArchitectÁbalos & Herreros
ArchitectHerreros Arquitectos
Client Comunidad de Madrid
Project ID 3177
Latitude/Longitude 40°22'55N 03°42'38W
Contributed by davidb
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