María Moliner Public Library, Velilla de San Antonio
Paredes Pedrosa Arquitectos 

María Moliner Public Library, Velilla de San Antonio

Paredes Pedrosa Arquitectos 

In the southern part of the urban center, in a sea of new and plain semi-detached houses without views, the small library had to assert its public presence. The building takes up practically the whole site, and the access is turned towards the Plaza, where the entrance defines an open space in front of this small public building.

The library is wrapped in an exposed concrete wall with no openings, formworked with metal mesh that leaves its trace on the surface, like a fence. Over the wall two large skylights illuminate the reading halls without exceeding the height of the houses. Natural light comes into the interior space by means of two huge skylights built on two open courtyards. These light metal prisms define the areas, one for children and the other one for adults. There is a third linear courtyard that separates the library from the nearby buildings. A grid of light metal pillars defines the structure, and the ceilings are sound absorbent painted white. The interior surface of the sloped roof of the library is lined with okume wood panels to give warmth to the interior space and can be seen from the outside emerging over the concrete walls.

Arquitectos Architects

Ángela García de Paredes, Ignacio G. Pedrosa

Colaboradores Collaborators

Eva M. Neila, Montserrat Domínguez, Javier Arpa (arquitectos architects), Sandra M. Neila (aparejador quantity surveyor)

Dirección de ejecución CAM Execution manager CAM

Joaquín Riveiro Pita

Estructura e instalaciones Structure and mechanical engineering

GEA Geotecnia, Estructuras, Arquitecturas

Propietario Owner

Comunidad de Madrid

Constructora Contractor

Construcciones El Cuarto Morena S.L.

Superficie construida Floor area

1.005 m²

Presupuesto Budget

785.776 euros

Fotos Photos

Luis Asín