San Miguel, Lima 2011
The complex that will hosts the library as well as classrooms for the engineering school will serve as a visual and spatial ending and point of reference on the south side of the university´s main broadwalk.
The building hosting the engineering classrooms assumes a secondary role in the configuration of the central plaza. This makes the library the principal element that gives the plaza an institutional character.
The plaza, in turn, gives the library a monumental quality. The library building becomes the main volume within the complex, with the intention of giving social and spatial meaning to the plaza.
The rationality of the volumes corresponds to a clear organization of the interior program in three large sectors: the main hall, the reading and study room, and the archive towers that correspond to each school (Architecture, Sciences, Engineering and General Studies in Science).
The four archive towers delineate the building presence and contain a specific number of shelves for each school as well as individual reading areas.
These towers were designed having in mind future growth. The spaces currently allocated for reading areas could be used to increase shelve space and the shelves themselves can increase their capacity by growing upwards and downwards and, if necessary, mechanic mobility systems could be used to increase capacity even more.