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 New Town Library in Maranello, Italy
New Town Library in Maranello, Italy
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New Town Library in Maranello, Italy

The new library in Maranello began to take shape in 2007, when the Municipality of this small town in Northern Italy announced the open design competition “Progettare la Cultura” (“Designing Culture”) that received nearly 150 submissions from Italy andabroad. The winning architects, Arata Isozaki and Andrea Maffei, received the commission to design the library in June 2008; construction began in September 2009. From the beginning, the project took into account aspects of sustainability, control over the environmental impact of the building and the reduction of fuel consumption.

The architects stated that “the Municipality’s intention to offer a new service to the city could only take the form of a building that looked into the future”.


The building defines a rarefied space that is perfectly placed within the urban fabric. Its sinuous profiles are bound by glass plates that follow its contour: reading becomes an “open” experience by means of the transparent membrane that forms the façade. It manifests as an interaction between knowledge and the contemplation of the landscape that surrounds the library.

 

The new Library in Maranello offers the community an environment in which to read, study, learn and enjoy a space that is suspended over a body of water and enveloped by greenery.

 
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Status: Built
Location: Maranello, Italy
My Role: Architects: Arata Isozaki and Andrea Maffei
Additional Credits: project name

New Town Library in Maranello, Italy

program

library

client

Maranello Patrimonio s.r.l., Maranello, Italy

architects

Arata Isozaki and Andrea Maffei

design team

Alessandra De Stefani and Carlotta Maranesi, Simone Utzeri, Maurizio Petronio / Andrea Maffei Architects

partner architects

Stefano Tozzi / M+T & Partners

security coordination

Enrico Bianchini

structural engineering

Mario Sbrozzi, Studio Sbrozzi, Modena, Italy

geothermal systems for energy saving

Manuele Petranelli, Studio Petranelli, Firenze, Italy

landscape

Laura Gatti, studio Gatti, Milano

lighting design

Koichi Tanaka, M+K Design, Milano

construction

general contractor: ATI – Cooperativa Muratori Reggiolo e Manutenzioni Generali Reggiane, Reggiolo, Italy

glass: SLIA Serramenti, Napoli, Italy

site construction supervisor

Andrea Maffei / Andrea Maffei Architects

vice-supervisor

Maurizio Forghieri

construction management

Alessandra De Stefani / Andrea Maffei Architects

structural management

Mario Sbrozzi / studio Sbrozzi

systems management

Manuele Petranelli / studio Petranelli

dimensions

site area: 850 sqm

built gross area: 1.175 sqm

maximum height above ground level: 5.3 m

materials

reinforced concrete, steel, curved glass paneling

schedule

competition: April 2007

design: June 2008 - September 2009

beginning of construction: September 2009

opening: November 2011

photography

Alessandra Chemollo

 
 New Town Library in Maranello, Italy
New Town Library in Maranello, Italy
 New Town Library in Maranello, Italy
New Town Library in Maranello, Italy
 New Town Library in Maranello, Italy
New Town Library in Maranello, Italy
 New Town Library in Maranello, Italy
New Town Library in Maranello, Italy
 New Town Library in Maranello, Italy
New Town Library in Maranello, Italy
 New Town Library in Maranello, Italy
New Town Library in Maranello, Italy
 New Town Library in Maranello, Italy
New Town Library in Maranello, Italy
 New Town Library in Maranello, Italy
New Town Library in Maranello, Italy

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