Libraries have been around in various forms for thousands of years and have become a cornerstone of activities for the communities in which they exist. LAVIF’s library holds an unique digital archive and samples of materials used in collections developed by in-house designers. The recessed entrance showcases a floor to ceiling LED screen that welcomes passersby a hint of what they can discover inside. A sculptural black volume gathers both sides of the library, serving as a contrasting background to the gallery. Members are allowed to enter into the high-tech research and workroom. Bright whites, shades of gray and rich blue accents, create a special atmosphere and tend to read very futuristic. A wide clear glass wall separates the archive from the noisy area. If activated, it turns into a human sized touchscreen wall that allows several people to work at the same time, providing a high level of interaction. Inspired by the antique textile manufactures, the material transporting path is suspended above the stations, as an extension of the workspace. The ceilings are covered in recycled aluminum panels, originally developed as parts for cars. With the ambiance of a laboratory, information and functionality come together in different ways and intensities. In the quiet reading and cafe zone, a flexible nano-porous blanket covers the chill out niche facing the city.
Status: School Project
Location: São Paulo, BR