Among Children and Books – Children´s Library in Valencia

JUNE 2016


year 4


We associate places with memories and feelings. The site has a personality. However, it does not have only one influence, it is a place with a variety of different qualities. There is no clear order when one sees the size and geometry of different sites, nor in the building’s heights or the facades.

Time is more important than the geometry of the place itself. We see such a variety because of time and as time will pass the city will change.

It would be a mistake to try to integrate the building without taking into account the time. The building must be coherent with its interior and it must respond to hwo the place will most likely change in the future.

The city is never completed. It has a beginning but it ahs no end, it is an everchanging work. Society is defined by its ability to change and adapt. Technology is changing too quickly and we cannot afford to ignore it. Technology is changing the way live and the way we inhabit.

Our work as architects cannot be limited to creating habitable spaces. Just like technology, our work must be focused now on comfort.

The project is about children and the building must respond to how children learn, communicate or play. The physical book must not be the core of this project, it should be the child.

Sverre Fehn teaches us two ways of understanding architecture, we can either create a cave where we can dream or build up to see. I don’t see those two ways as exclusive.

There are three main elements to take into account: the access, storage and the relationship among users. One option is to use the storage as a filter between the access and the library. It would allow the library to be completely open to the exterior. Of the storage is on the perimeter the result would be an introvert library that would spin around one common area. It would be a valid option for an attractive site. However, this library would not have one room. It would have several classrooms as well as different areas.

The relationship among children would develop in different activities or different rooms that would be connected to one common area that would be the access. This allows great flexibility and it would adapt to the changing necessities of the children.

© Alex Tintea 2017