Carlana Mezzalira Pentimalli: Library in Brixen

The architectural bureau Carlana Mezzalira Pentimalli has completed the construction of a new public library in Brixen in northern Italy. The state institution, founded in 1984, has more than 36,000 books in its collection. The library is conceived as a new urban public space designed to emphasize the cultural identity of the region and unite the local community.

“It’s not just a library as a repository of books — on the contrary, it’s a project deeply connected to the context that encourages communication and the creation of new connections and intertwining of cultures, traditions, and practices and between people of all ages,” say the architects.

The complex includes a new building, as well as the restoration of existing buildings – the former financial department, the former court, and the former prison. The pedestrian zones to the north and south of the library and the garden, formerly owned by the bishop, also acquired a new look.

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