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regional library
competition
pécs
2007

Pécs is an enchanting Mediterranean city, composed of many different historical layers. Its history mirrors the history of Europe. Therefore the new cultural centre can also be regarded as a future cultural centre of Europe. Our design aims to reflect the complexity of the inner city.
The city is surrounded by castle walls; within the new cultural quarter, the library represents the castle of knowledge. It is transparent yet intimate; it has a world of its own, yet through a filter it can communicate with the city. Regarding form and visualization, it is neither too explicit, nor too ambiguous, but aims to emphasize the permanence of knowledge with a clear and simple structure.
The building is composed of diverse spaces. The inner atrium is a sharply delineated, yet bustling space, whereas the building’s environment takes on the lines and angles of the surrounding urban fabric. The two different covered-open and closed-open, clear-cut and irregularly shaped spaces are divided and connected by open shelf library areas. The atrium is a diverse and multi-faceted space. Its faade varies on each floor regarding scale and type of movement. The main functions [reading rooms] are oriented towards this versatile faade, whereas the corridors are situated in the building’s interior.

architects:
Tamás Mórocz
László Földes

co-architects:
Anita Falb
Boushra Taraza
Péter Sónicz

competition: honorary mention

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