Studio Class at Auburn University
Studio Class at Auburn University

Homo Ludens-Sapiens Portable Library Pavilion

This project was developed by Miguel Romero Sánchez as a student from Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Sevilla and was submited to the WAS awards 2017 under the Facilities category.

The reactivation of urban areas through culture and fun is the main function of the Homo Ludens-Sapiens Mobile Library Pavilion. Joined to the bridges of different cities, it will become an urban element that aims to attract the public for the enjoyment of reading books through its library program, or borrowing games to revitalize the area in which it is found.

Thanks to the study of the multifunctionality of the pavilion’s envelope, one skin formed by a succession of wooden ribs or pieces, it ensures its versatility as shelves, seats, stairs, reception counter and incoming light sieve and outgoing (night-time permeability of artificial light).

The materials used for its elaboration, laminated wood and curved cellular polycarbonate, allow to reduce the environmental impact of the construction, reusing the pavilion in other cities or recycling its pieces.

The aim of the project is to connect the upper and lower levels of the bridge and offer the user the experience of a homogeneous space in which the structure, envelope, and the shelves for books become a unique element that accompanies the user through the way.

The structure of the pavilion, hidden by the envelope, is formed by a system of metal beams and pillars joined to a foundation placed on top of the bridge. This structure rests at the same time on another little foundation on the lower level, so that the structure seems to rest only in one point

The lower pillars can be stretched or shortened to adapt the pavilion to the different heights of the bridges, along with the addition of new pieces in the lower staircase. A ramp in the upper access invites the public to come in, while in the lower part it is accessed by a small auxiliary staircase to give a sense of suspension