Gabriel Santos : Free Service Library
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What is a monolith?”

Louis Kahn say that: « An opaque monolith casts a deep and dark shadow. »

He also say that: “Greek architecture taught me that the column is where the light is not, and the space between, is where the light is. It is a matter of no-light, light, no-light, light. »

This Free Service Library, try to question the idea of the monolith and take care of the environmental questions.

The building follow the plot’s shape and recreate the built front of the place that is missing now a days.

This plot is a trapeze and have a big diagonal. This diagonal generate all the project elements and separate the project in two part.

One side where there is the Gable walls that create a space without light, that is perfect to protect the book. And the other side where there is openings that bring light inside the reading rooms. Between the two spaces there is the vertical circulations.

The facade is in limestone from a career around the city.

The facade is built in stone for environmental issues. This material also have thermal inertia that is perfect to protect the books and the users from the heat of the city.

There is also local issues, indeed some building are built in stone around the plot.

The structure inside is in wood for more compacity. This wooded structural frame is generate from the diagonal and is lighter than the stones in facade.

Each level of the reading rooms are singled out thanks to the furniture and the colors.

We finish with the roof top terrace, where the high guard rails hide the city and reveal the acropolis, the hills and the distant mountains.

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According to John Cage, “an experimental action” is one “the outcome of which is not foreseen.” Titling this course Architecture & Experience celebrates on the one hand its attachment to the question of high architecture as a discipline forged in historical and theoretical projects and, on the other, the experimental nature of an explorative approach that has been an operative concept of said discipline ever since the Renaissance – explorative, but still grounded in concrete reality.

Theory, by identifying the working principles defining architectonic forms along time, makes possible every kind of parallel while transforming every sort of question into potential architectural problematics. This is our main field of exploration.

Theory allows us to write the narrative that defines the rules of the project on the one hand and give it a mean on the other hand. Reason helps us to imagine narratives that, considering the rules of nature and reality, allow us to justify from a rational point of view disposals that would be irrational in a different conceptual context. Thus we can succeed in building dreams from the ordinary condition.

Athens is a condensator of the most glorious Antique European architecture and of the almost non planned urban forms of today that makes of it a laboratory for exploring the contemporary status of architecture and city. As usual, students have not traveled to Athens, to work more from the imaginary of the city than from its reality.