PUBLIC LIBRARY – Sint Martens Latem
The new library for the municipality of Sint-Martens-Latem is first of all a central gathering point. In the tradition of the cultural center, the library is set up as a large living space, shared by the residents of the municipality. A saddle-shaped roof is delimited by a circular perimeter. The perimeter cuts the roof shape into a distinctive figure in the center of the municipality, as anchor point, as the first element of a cluster of public buildings - buildings in the village center, along the road and along the new municipal settlement. The rounded red brick perimeter makes the main space of the library building. The library cabinets inside are built alongside and also carry the roof. The steel cabinet wall defines the separation line between library spaces and municipality. In the round perimeter, a square figure makes both the reading garden and the polyvalent hall. The reading room is a reading room in direct relation to its garden. The reading garden is the center of the library, as the ‘largest room in the largest house’ of the municipality.
2017 – 2023
Culture, Education, Public,
UTIL Struktuurstudies, HP engineers, Landinzicht, Richard Venlet
Kersten Geers, David Van Severen, Alexander Smedts, Anne van Hout, Leander Venlet, Shinji Terada
Competition, 1st prize