Biblioteca público de Ambepussa


Biblioteca público de Ambepussa

  • Promotor del proyecto : Sinha Regiment
  • Arquitectos : Robust Architecture Workshop
  • Construcción en tierra: Autoconstrucción

This library project, built by soldiers with the assistance from local community, focuses as much on the building process as on the building as physical artifact, to celebrate a specific understanding of sustainable architecture derived from the very structure of its making. Impinging on its vocational training strategies and environmental planning, the project attempts to heal social wounds, build workforce capacity, disseminate knowledge, appreciate sustainable building and strengthen social relations. The focus on knowledge creation and retraining – and the subsequent transformation of the army into a society-building institution – intends to support the much needed demilitarization of the country in the aftermath of its 30-year civil war. The single-storey building mass spans across the landscape, resting on soil through rammed-earth walls and floating on rocks through GI tubes. The building informally wraps around an internal courtyard, which is also an extension of the external landscape. Its placement on site accommodates all existing trees, follows the scale of adjacent buildings and acknowledges the natural life of the physical setting. A series of formal and informal platforms for reading are organised in and around the building; its spatial progression unfolds as an experiential journey across diverse volumes, framed views, and blurred definitions between inside and outside. The library complex consists of three building blocks: the lending and reference section (main library), the children’s library, and the research centre. The main library and the research centre are placed almost parallel to the site’s contour formation, while the children’s section runs up the hill playfully, incorporating sudden changes in spatial volumes, and framing distant views through its cubic protrusions; skylights and the protrusions bring in plenty of light and air, while also generating a formal curiosity to entice the building’s young users.