Capriano di Briosco is a small settlement of 2,500 inhabitants located 50km far from Milan. A new public library, in such a small context, should be able to stimulate a dialogue with the community, becoming a strong centrality, a space that people can enjoy.
Within a relatively small total GFA of 400sqm, the project conceives a building morphology that allows many things to happen at the same time and able to integrate the new building with the outdoor areas.
The building is designed as a terrace overlooking the park. The entrance is at the ground level, visitors can either descend to the lower floor, partially underground or can access the 2 terraces above.
The significant slope of the park is made accessible by a serpentine path, a continuous belt that surrounds the building and creates a dialogue between the new volume of the library with the various outdoor spaces and their different functions.
An external staircase splits the volume connecting the two different levels of the landscape.
The library core program is divided into two main areas: the ground floor is intended for reading and studying, while the basement hosts the children room and the media room that can accommodate events or exhibitions but also work as a small civic hall.