The complex features of the site – with a fragment of the medieval Marinid city –, the compactness of Ceuta, and the deep slope called for a proposal with a unifying character. The architecture is born from the place, offering one reading in spite of the different premises, seeking a harmonious coexistence of different periods and uses, different urban geometries and levels that all stem from the steep topography.
The Ceuta Public Library is organized around the archaeological site, which becomes part of its interior spaces and is included in the geometry of the new building. Triangular hanging lamps mark the direction of the old streets, illuminating the remains, and the depth of the space. The faceted volume rests on a concrete plinth and the enclosure includes two layers: an interior glass one and an outer aluminum-perforated one wrapped up in a light metal skin that reduces glare and solar gain, maximizing the use of natural daylight while ventilating the facade and moderating the strong wind from the Strait of Gibraltar. Several concrete structural voids are cut out of the double facade of the Library, offering views towards both seas and onto the city with all its layers of time and rich history.
Ángela García de Paredes, Ignacio G. Pedrosa
Álvaro Rábano, Álvaro Oliver, Lucía Guadalajara, Clemens Eichner. Ángel Camacho, Ignacio Cordero, Roberto Lebrero
Mediciones y presupuesto Measurements and budget
Dirección de ejecución Execution manager
Jesús Bozzo Fernández de Tirso
Alfonso G. Gaite GOGAITE, S.L.
Instalaciones Mechanical engineering
Gustavo Álvarez, GEASYT S.A.
Ministerio de Educación, Cultura y Deporte
BANASA Barroso Nava S.A.; Patricia Largo (jefe de obra construction manager)
Superficie Floor area