The urban environment is continuously under pressure to give way to echo centric planning and design approaches, which contribute little to uphold the sound spatial the framework, to make the city legible and pleasing to its city dwellers. The library or media centre connects and has become the central place for meaningful connection with outdoor spaces and sound streetscape design.
It is a landmark.
Location: Pretoria Gauteng
Proposed site development at Kretzer str and Nelson Mandela drive,
Gauteng, Pretoria, South Africa
GROUND FLOOR – Access to the main entrance of the Library via an access ramp.
Various essential services are placed on the ground floor.
Service block for collection & deliveries, storage and an interlinking
Coffee cafe inviting and connecting pedestrians to the facilities.
THE NORTH ELEVATION OF THE LIBRARY
Main reception foyer and access control to the main library.
Facilities on this floor include study areas on the perimeter of the building envelope,
with meeting hybrids staggered on various areas to meet small groups of people.
Special collections and a multimedia section are added on this floor.
Easy access to printing facilities is also available.
The Auditorium forms part of the corner of the building.
Consist of a support area, staff offices, study cubicles, ablutions, the coffee
hub and a children’s playroom, with access control and supervision.
THE WEST ELEVATION OF THE LIBRARY
ROOF PLAN/ THIRD FLOOR
Open rooftop, with lounge and board room, leading to an outdoor
entertainment area. The Exhibition space extends over the top floor.
The study hybrids, designed to give a little more privacy for small meetings.
The units are staggered throughout the library.
THE SOUTH ELEVATION OF THE LIBRARY
LANDSCAPE DEVELOPMENT & MOVEMENT AROUND THE LIBRARY –
Selective plant species, native to the area. Combination of hard and soft landscape,
to give the user a meaningful experience.
Listed plant species(common names):
Rock roses and other succulent species
For colour, plants species that are hardened to little rain
Selective wild grasses
interlinking walkways linking the street to the library, and creating a restful
and tranquil atmosphere, opposite to the street noise
THE EAST ELEVATION OF THE LIBRARY
With perforated screens on all level, to control and minimise direct sunlight.
The study hybrids, designed to give small gatherings privacy are interspersed throughout the library.