A library in Rosario, Argentina with an integrated community outreach program led by Alfredo Tapia of AFT Arquitectos was one of six Holcim Awards Acknowledgement prizes winners for Latin America.Media release – Sustainable construction as a key to better urban life »
The jury recognizes the mature quality of the overall project and its well-balanced architectural contextual qualities. The thorough study of the needs of the future users is seen as its strongest element together with the elegant transcription of modesty into the architectural language, using a simple plywood frame construction that creates a highly suitable human atmosphere.
The Trojan Library project was initiated by the municipal government of Rosario in response to the nation’s poor results in a 2009 worldwide evaluation of 15-year-olds in mathematics, science and reading. The strategy provides both the infrastructure of the library and a vast network of supplementary activities to generate flow-on use of the facility in Argentina’s third largest city with a population of 1.2 million. To achieve this goal in addition to the core function as library, a number of supplementary activities are proposed that take up the challenge of attracting potential library users from the 150,000 working-class inhabitants of the precinct.
The suite of socio-cultural services incorporated into the design includes sporting facilities, a cinema, skate park, station for the city bicycle system, childcare center and dance studios. The project proposes an economy of means via a simple structure with modular character, as well as an appropriate application of technical features and materials aligned with the frugal approach of the project.Download project entry poster (PDF, 977.94 KB) »See more
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